PHOTO: Eagle Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 246, Middletown, at their recent Eagle Court of Honor. From left: Stephen Baio, Middletown Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, Frank Pinnola, and Conor McCormick.
RED BANK, NJ - Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 246’s leadership, BSA Monmouth Council executives, local dignitaries including Middletown Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, scouts, family, and friends recently gathered to celebrate the achievements of Stephen Baio, Conor McCormick, and Frank Pinnola, each of whom earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scout’s highest rank. The Eagle Court of Honor ceremony was held at Elks Lodge #233 here.
Eagle Scout represents the highest levels of citizenship, leadership, and responsibility in Scouting, which involves earning at least 21 merit badges including 13 required merit badges and many elective merit badges, serving in Troop leadership positions, and spending at least 12 hours on service projects, in addition to completing an Eagle Scout service project to benefit the community.
These young men began their Scouting path together as Cub Scouts in Pack 142, Middletown Village School, and supported each other as they continued in Boy Scouts at Troop 246 in Middletown. “Conor, Frank, and Stephen fulfilled the vision of the Boy Scouts of America in becoming responsible, participating citizens and leaders,” said Bill Jenkins, Scoutmaster at Troop 246. “May you all continue to be guided by the Scout Oath and Law. On behalf of myself and all of Troop 246, I extend our congratulations on this momentous achievement.”
Noted Deputy Mayor Settembrino, who also is an Eagle Scout, “These three new Eagle Scouts make our township, state, and country a better place. We look forward to your leadership. Glad to have you join the rank of Eagle Scout, and I am looking forward to working with you in the years to come.”
Stephen Baio, a senior at the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, will graduate this June and attend Binghamton University, in Binghamton, New York, this fall, majoring in biology and planning to go to medical school. Stephen’s Scouting career included serving as a patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and crew leader at Philmont Scout Ranch.
Baio also earned the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor society. His Eagle Project involved working with the Middletown Landmarks Commission to clean and beautify the overgrown Herbert Family Burial Ground in Middletown and install a mediation bench.
Conor McCormick, a senior at Middletown High School South will graduate this June and attend the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut, in the fall, majoring in music and sound recording. Conor’s Scouting path included serving as assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, quartermaster, and troop guide. His Eagle project involved refurbishing and beautifying the metal playground at the Lincroft Presbyterian Church, which sponsors Troop 246.
Frank Pinnola, a senior at Middletown High School South will graduate in June and plans to attend Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, in the fall, majoring in biomedical engineering. His Scouting accomplishments included serving as patrol leader, troop guide, and den chief. Frank’s Eagle project involved assisting the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association, Middletown, by organizing, categorizing, and preserving photographs with CDs and acid-free folders.
Caption: Eagle Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 246, Middletown, at their recent Eagle Court of Honor. From left: Stephen Baio, Middletown Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, Frank Pinnola, Conor McCormick.