On Sat., May 21, at the Succasunna United Methodist Church, Troop 54 honored three new Eagle Scouts. The boys are Troop 54’s 116th, 117th and 118th members that have attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Jersey Grenot, Austin Cummis and Shane Cummis completed the necessary Eagle requirements including earning 21 merit badges and completing an Eagle project that is helpful to a religious institution, school or your community.
Jersey Grenot’s project was to give the Berkshire Valley Firehouse, Company Three some curb appeal. He planned and led scouts and volunteers in removing a brick outline for three gardens and replaced them with landscaping blocks. He built a new garden around an existing monument for fallen firefighters. He and his volunteers formed a circular standing area out of pavers around the flagpole and added lights to shine on the flag and the monument in the evening. He choose this project because he wanted to give back to all of those who have volunteered especially his great grandfather and his father for having served as volunteer fire fighters.
Austin Cummis marked the walking trail at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna. His project has two different starting points and the trail was marked every quarter mile. The blue path starts by the football field and the yellow path starts by the kiosk on Righter Road. He additionally marked the smaller loop by the basketball courts as well as marking the path with a bike rider stencil as the old ones were faded. He picked this as his project as he and his family have walked and run these paths over the years and liked the idea of people being able to set goals by seeing how far they have gone.
Shane Cummis renovated the planting bed by the guard house and installed a new flag pole near the dock at Horseshoe Lake. He picked this project because he wanted to give back to the town and the swim team that uses the lake, which he has been a member of nine years. The flagpole formally sat on the dock but was destroyed during Sandy and he installed a new one just outside the entrance to the dock. He also removed the other side where a memorial is place for former coach, Bob Shannon. The main planting bed by the guard house was over grown and the wood was starting to rot. He replaced the bed with pavers and plants.
The boys solicited donations for their projects.
All three boys started together in Pack 54 as Tiger Cubs in 2007. They earned their Arrow of Light and crossed over to Troop 54 together in 2012. The three also became members of the Order of the Arrow in 2015. It was fitting that they all keep on track together and in January of 2016 they each achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The boys continue to work towards their Eagle Palms and are looking forward to showing guidance and leadership to the younger scouts in Troop 54.
All three boys are finishing their freshman year at Roxbury High School.