PHOTO: Eagle Scouts Nicholas Matera, Jonathan Kiernan, Jack McQuade and Robert Pogoda at Jonathan and Jack’s Eagle Scout Ceremony, held at the Elks Lodge #233, Red Bank, NJ.
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Boy Scouts of the USA Troop 246 of Middletown, NJ celebrated the achievements of Jack McQuade and Jonathan Kiernan, each of whom earned Boy Scout’s highest rank, Eagle. Robert Pogoda and Nick Matera, who also received their Eagle rank in 2015, joined Jack and Jonathan, along with former Eagle Scouts, troop members, family and friends for the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony, followed by refreshments at the Elks Lodge #233 in Red Bank, NJ.
“Each person’s journey to becoming an Eagle is different but the path requires hard work, dedication to high morals, strong work ethic, respect for self and community. We’re proud to have supported each boy on his journey,” said Scoutmaster Scott Pevonis.
Scouts who achieve the Eagle rank account for only two percent of the 1.1 million Boy Scouts nationwide. Eagle scouts must have met the highest standards in scouting for leadership, citizenship and responsibility, including a minimum of 21 merit badges; service in troop leadership positions; serve in the community for more than 12 hours, and develop and complete a project to benefit the community. Collectively these four young men earned 139 badges, completed hundreds of different requirements, served more than 300 hours to complete their service projects, as well as leading fellow scouts in activities and on camping trips.
- Jack McQuade, a Middletown South Junior, organized a collection of supplies for the Monmouth County SPCA shelter through friends and family, as well as PetSmart customers in Holmdel. In addition to the large amount of pet supplies, Jack used the cash donations to purchased materials and build five birdhouses that he taught fellows scout to construct. Jack delivered the birdhouses to the SPCA to be installed on their new building.
- Jonathan Kiernan, a Middletown South Sophomore, dedicated his Eagle Project to extending the fossil beds at Poricy Park Conservancy Center in Middletown. worked with fellow scouts to construct and install an additional 24 feet to the existing boardwalk, which will give future visitors easier access to the fossil beds.
- Nicholas Matera, currently a freshman at the Rochester Institute of Technology, who completed his project during his senior year at Biotechnology High School, worked with the Monmouth Day Care Center in Red Bank to refurbish cabinetry, which was outdated, worn and in poor condition. First he dismantled the old cabinets, then designed new cabinets. He raised the funds for materials and oversaw fellow scouts to help him construct, to paint and install brightly painted, new cabinets for the Center.
- Robert Pogoda, currently a freshman at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado studying Chemical Engineering, completed his Eagle project in his senior year at Middletown South. He constructed new wood duck nesting boxes for the Poricy Park Nature Conservancy Center. He researched designed and fundraised for the supplies, then supervised his fellow scouts in cutting, constructing and installing the nesting boxes. Robbie plans to enter the field of sustainable energy based on his scouting experiences.