PARSIPPANY — Matthew X. Luther was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts’ highest honor, on Sunday, September 29, from Parsippany Troop 173.
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 demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. Matt earned 22. 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.
Matthew joined Boy Scout Troop 173 in June 2008. Matthew served his troop as Scribe, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Matthew chose an organization close to his heart, the United States Marine Corps. His sister, a 1st LT. USMC recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. He planned, developed and led a Collection drive for the Marines serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. He advertised and collected donations from several Parsippany churches, Scout families, friends and neighbors. He packed and shipped over 600 pounds of much needed items to the MarineParents.com Organization. The items were then individually packed and sent to the Marines overseas. He passed his Eagle Board of Review on January 13, 2014.
His favorite troop events were the campouts and the inevitable unplanned adventures. He has 54 nights of camping. He was selected to attend National Youth Leadership Training in 2012.
Matthew is an active member of the St. Christopher Parish. He has been an altar server for over nine years. He also volunteers his time planning and assisting the Family Activity Committee events.
Matthew is also active in his community, Mt. Tabor, a section of Parsippany, which was founded as a Methodist Camp meeting place in 1869. What has become known as Children’s Day started as a parade around the square. It has evolved into a full weekend celebration of the children. Matthew has been involved in the Mt. Tabor Children’s Day activities since 2000. Over the years, he has moved from participant to volunteer on many committees, including Athletic Events, Show, Midway Games, Fun Run and fundraising. Matthew was also elected by the children of Mt. Tabor to represent them in the Royal Court in 2012.
Matthew is a senior honor student at Oratory Prep in Summit where he has participated in Soccer, Swimming and Lacrosse. He has also been a member of the Robotics Club, Photography Club and the Campus Ministry team. He has been designated a Carleton Fellow to mentor and assist new students at the school.
Matthew plans to pursue a career that combines his interests in business and technology and is currently exploring his college options.
Matthew earned 22 merit badges: Archery, Art, Camping, Canoeing, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Disability Awareness, Environmental Science, Family Life, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Leatherwork, Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Small Boat Sailing, Space Exploration, Sports, Swimming and Woodcarving.
To view the Proclamation presented by Mayor James Barberio to Matt, click here.