Nicholas Corrente earns highest Boy Scouts honor

Nick pinning “The Mom” pin on his mother, Judy

Nicholas Corrente was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts’ highest honor, on Sunday, June 8, from Parsippany Troop 177. Troop 177 is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.

The Eagle Scout Award is Scouting’s highest rank and among its most familiar icons. Men who have earned it count it among their most treasured possessions. Those who missed it by a whisker remember exactly which requirement they didn’t complete. Americans from all walks of life know that being an Eagle Scout is a great honor. The award is more than a badge. It’s a state of being. The Eagle Scout may have received the badge as a boy, but you earn it every day as a man. In the words of the Eagle Scout Promise, they do your best each day to make their training and example, their rank and their influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in the troop, in their community, and in their contacts with other people. And to this they pledge their sacred honor.

Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men. Only 4% of the Boy Scouts actually earn this rank.

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges, and Nick earned a total of 26, and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout.

Nick’s Trail to Eagle
Nick Corrente joined Cub Scout Pack 77 as a Tiger Scout in the fall of 1998. He joined Cub Scout Pack 177 in the fall of 2000 when Pack 77 disbanded. He earned his Arrow of Light Award in 2005.

Nick joined Troop 177 and held leadership positions of Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Chaplain’s Aide, Patrol Leader, and Assistant Patrol leader. Nick attended the 2005 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, attended a week of summer camp at Camp Sabbaths in Long Lake, NY in 2007, completed a trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2008, and attended the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree, again at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. Nick is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow in Woapalanne Lodge 43.

Nick joined Venturing Crew 890 The Red Eagle Dancers—a Native American dance/story telling/teaching crew in 2006. He served as President of the crew for 6 years, and during that time he earned 2 Bronze Awards, his Gold Award, his Ranger Award, and his Silver Award, Venturing’s highest award. He currently serves as the Associate Advisor of Program in Crew 890.

Nick’s Eagle Scout Project was a renovation of the Parsippany Soccer Club’s new headquarters on Smith Road in Parsippany. The Soccer Club recently moved to this location from their old headquarters next to the PAL building. This new headquarters needed extensive work done so that the club would be able to hold meetings there, and have a headquarters of which they could be proud.

The first task of the project involved clearing out brush and debris from the flowerbeds. Nick and his team cleared out a sizable tree stump in the process. They spread mulch, making the flowerbeds accessible for future plants.

Nick and his team power-washed the exterior of the clubhouse. They cleared off layers of dirt and moss, considerably improving the outward appearance of the building.

Nick and his team painted interior spaces of the building, including the kitchen and meeting room. The team removed peeling paint, spackled, primed, and painted the walls and ceilings of these two areas. The Soccer Club now has a freshly painted meeting room that matches their club colors.

Nick and his team also increased the Soccer Club’s parking area, by using landscape timbers to build retaining walls along the sloped side of the driveway.

Nick completed this project with the help of 7 registered youth members, 6 registered adult members, and 2 adult volunteers. The man-hours for the project totaled 250 hours, not including the time needed for planning.

Nick graduated from Parsippany High School in June 2011.

During Nick’s high school years he was a member of the stage crew and served as the lighting director for two years. Nick was also a member of various other clubs including Ski Club, the Italian Club, for which he served as treasurer for two years, and the Italian National Honors Society.

Nick is currently a junior in a Chemistry program at Seton Hall University.

Nick’s Merit Badges earned include:
Archeology, Archery, Camping, Canoeing, Citizenship it the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Engineering, Environmental Science, Family Life, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Pottery, Pulp and Paper, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Small Boat Sailing, Swimming, Weather and Wood Carving.

Morris County Freeholder and former Parsippany Councilman John Cesaro congratulates Nick
Councilman Michael dePierro had the honor of wearing many hats and making numerous presentations to Cameron. Mr. dePierro presented on behalf of Sons Of Italy, Parsippany-Troy Hills Council, Rotary of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Senator Joe Pennacchio, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber.
Gary Erdmann, VFW Post 10184, presents Nick with a “Certificate of Merit”
Msgr. Herbert K. Tillyer congratulating Nick
Nick’s Mentors — Rigel Turdiu and John Hein.
The Family of Honors — Matthew, an Eagle; Jerry, Scoutmaster; Nick, an Eagle, Mom Judy and sister Christina, a Girls Scout Gold Award.