Boy Scout Troop 114 Honors Four New Eagle Scouts

Troop 114’s recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor (l-r) Conor Wiesentaner, Benjamin Krusemark, Alexander Marino, and Matthew Bridgeman – Image (c) Richard Krusemark, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Submitted by Bedford Boy Scout Troop 114

Troop 114 held an Eagle Court of Honor Sunday,  June 4 for Alexander Marino, Benjamin Krusemark, Conor Wiesentaner and Matthew Bridgeman.   The Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.  Since 1912 more than 2 million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank.

To achieve this rank the boys must complete 21 merit badges, hold leadership positions in their troop, community service and complete an Eagle project that has everlasting value to the community.   Alex’s project was the construction of 3 bat houses placed throughout the town of Bedford.   The hope is to nurture the bats to grow their population and in the process would control the mosquito population in Bedford and threats such as EEE, encephalitis, West Nile, and Zika virus.  Benjamin’s project was constructing a new bench and refurbishing the entrance sign to the Hartwell Town Forest.  They also removed poison ivy and other invasive species.  Conor’s project was replacing the information kiosk at Bedford’s boat launch on the Concord River.  The new design incorporates a roof, a bench, and a lockable information box.   Finally,  Matt’s project was the construction of 5 tongue and groove bookshelves /toy shelves, on casters for transportability,  for the Lutheran Church Preschool.  Many of their older shelves were water damaged.  Click here to read more about Troop 114’s 2017 Eagle Projects.

The Court of Honor was held on a beautiful sunny day with about 100 people in attendance.  Senior Patrol leader Corey Abrahams and Committee Chairman Larry Murphy led the ceremonies.  State Representative Kenneth Gordon presented the boys with a plaque, as well as the Masons, led by The Most Worshipful Grand Masters Hal Sargeant (past) and Paul Gleason (present).  Margot Fleishman, chair of the Bedford Selectmen, presented warm thanks and letters of commendation.    Other letters of congratulations were presented to the young men from the State Senate,  former president Jimmy Carter, former president George Bush and Barbara Bush, Governor Charles Baker and  Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito,  Senator Elizabeth Warren and the Scouts’ executive council.

Each young man gave a small speech on what Scouting has meant to him.  In the words of the Eagle Scout Promise, Eagles do their best each day to make their training an example, their rank, and their influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in their troop, in their community, and in their contacts with other people.  To this, they pledge their sacred honor.

We congratulate these new leaders of tomorrow.


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