Troop 188 Scout Earns Eagle Rank
Roxbury resident Michael Remshifski has earned Boy Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
Michael’s scouting journey began when he joined Cub Scout Pack 188 of Landing, New Jersey, in 2001 as a Tiger Cub. While a Cub Scout, Mike was introduced to camping and further developed a love for the outdoors. This love for the outdoors was carried throughout his years of Cub Scouting, as he earned the ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and ultimately Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light.
After earning the Arrow of Light, Mike, at age 10, crossed over into Landing Boy Scout Troop 188. Mike has fond memories of spending his summers at Camp Ockanickon and Camp Allamuchy. He earned a total of 30 merit badges in his Scouting career, exceeding the minimum of just 21, and also earned the Mile Swim Award. Some of his favorite badges were Wilderness Survival, Shotgun Shooting, and Fly Fishing. While in the troop, Michael held various leadership roles such as Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Wilderness Survival Instructor.
Michael was also a part of the Venture Patrol, which is a patrol for senior scouts, and went on challenging backpacking, canoeing, and biking trips. During his time in the patrol he went on a canoeing trip in the Thousand Islands Region and also went Mountain Biking up in Acadia National Park in Maine. “One of my favorite moments of my scouting career was when we saw the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain, which is the most eastern mountain on the east coast of the United States. We were the first people to see the sunrise and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.”
Michael chose to build a handicap accessible fishing dock in Ledgewood Park, Roxbury, NJ for his Eagle Project. He has always loved to fish and wanted to extend that experience to others, especially those who face physical challenges finding a safe place to fish. He wanted his project to allow those who are wheelchair bound to enjoy fishing just as everyone else can in Roxbury. At the time, there was no facility in Roxbury’s parks for the physically handicapped. Michael learned many lessons during his project, including time management, flexibility, and working with others. He spent countless hours filling out paperwork, working with an architect, learning the permit approval process, seeking generous donations from suppliers, and leading the scouts and friends who helped him build.
Michael is a graduate of Roxbury High School, where he ran cross country and track, played ice hockey and lacrosse, and was a Captain of the Robotics Team. He also graduated top of his class at MCST in the Auto Technician Program. Michael is also a Past Master Counselor of K.E.H. Chapter, DeMolay Leaders of New Jersey. He is currently attending County College of Morris for Engineering Science. Mike plans to pursue a career in the field of Engineering and is planning on earning his Masters Degree. Outside of Scouting, Michael enjoys snowboarding, fishing, skateboarding, and off-roading.