By Mark Jurras, John Solomon, Jack Sullivan, and James Treacy
Boy Scout Troop 77 is celebrating six scouts that have reached the rank of Eagle. Charlie Schweitzer, Drew Baugher, Tim Gavin, Andrew Millar, David Solomon, and Mark Solomon all began with scouts in first grade and stayed with Boy Scouts until they were seniors in high school.
Drew built a bus shelter near Canton High School for the Open Choice Program so that when the weather is unforgiving, the students taking the Hartford bus can stay dry. The shelter is located across from the Canton High School driveway.
“My favorite scouting experience was when Charlie ran back into his tent after realizing that the hot dogs we bought weren’t Kosher. It was something to laugh at after we helped him through the ‘tough’ situation.”
Drew will be going to college at Northeastern in Massachusetts next year.
Andrew built three new picnic tables and refurbished two more for the Cornelia Sage Memorial at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton.
“My favorite scouting experience was during the National Scout Jamboree in Gettysburg (2010). It was very interesting to explore all of the history about Gettysburg and learn more than I knew before the trip.”
“I think that I have been a great mentor for all the younger scouts and helped them to follow the road to eagle. I will continue to use my determination and fondness of the outdoors in the next chapter of my life.”
He plans to study Biochemistry at Bowdoin College in Maine.
Tim cleared a field at the Roaring Brook Nature Center for his Eagle project. The Nature Center can now use the field as an outdoor classroom.
“My favorite scouting experience was camping on the island just below Town Bridge.”
Tim will be attending Union College. He will be in the ROTC program with a focus in Asian studys.
David created and installed new signs at Flamig Farm in Simsbury. Each sign is filled with information about the different animals that live on the farm.
“My favorite scouting experience was when I spent two weeks at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. We got to backpack the entire two weeks that I was there.”
David will be attending West Point next year and going into the army.
Mark built a gravel path for The First Congregational Church, where he attends. It connects the church’s parking lot and the church’s parsonage. Along the path are six raised garden beds that the church will grow vegetables and fruits in to donate to the Canton Food Bank.
“I admit, many of my favorite scout experiences came from summer camp where I learned from counselors about merit badges like archery, rifle-shooting, and many more. I also loved the time when I went on the Philmont trip with my brother in 2010.”
Mark will take everything that he has learned from scouting with him when he will attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.
Charlie built a foot path from the back of Canton High School over to Mills Pond Park.
"They say that there is a brotherhood in scouts, and with three sisters I was able to get away and make lifelong friends."
Charlie will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology where he will study Mechanical Engineering.
All of these Eagle Scouts are determined to use the skills they have gained through scouting in their future years. Troop 77 wishes them the best as they move on from the troop.
Thank you for everything that you have done for our troop.