Scouts from the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America were recognized for achieving Scouting’s highest rank at this year’s Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner. The event was held on Thursday, May 14th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Providence Marriott, in Providence, RI.
Eagle Scout, Mark S. Hochberg, MD, attended as guest speaker. Hochberg serves as professor and vice chairman with the Department of Surgery at New York University Medical Center. In 1965, he was chosen to represent the Boy Scouts of America through the Report to the Nation, where he had the opportunity to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson.
This year, 263 local Eagle Scouts were honored. Each Scout was matched and seated with an adult sponsor, giving them the opportunity to interact with leaders in local industry or business.
“Becoming an Eagle Scout symbolizes a young man’s years of hard work and dedication to their community,” said John Mosby, Scout Executive, of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America. “It’s a significant moment.”
To become an Eagle, the five Scouting ranks Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life must be completed. Scouts must also earn at least 21 merit badges and have planned and managed a service project. These projects are created to give back to a community, school, senior centers or religious center.
“Together, these Scouts put in over 27,195 community service hours,” said Mosby.
This years’ service projects included town clean ups, food donations to local pantries, trail expansions at community parks and blood drives.
“We’re honored to have such successful Scouts, and their communities should be proud of them as well,” Mosby added.