Brendan Shanahan earns rank of “Eagle”

Brendan during the "Eagle Minute" thanking all who helped him earn his "Eagle"

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Brendan officially met all the requirement of “Eagle” on December 15, 2014.

Brendan earned 13 required merit badges to earn Eagle.

The required badges are Camping; Citizenship in the Community; Citizenship in the Nation; Citizenship in the World; Communications; Cooking; Lifesaving; Environmental Science; Family Life; First Aid; Personal Management; Personal Fitness and Swimming. He didn’t stop there.

Brendan earned and additional 12 elective merit badges. Salesmanship; Art; Fingerprinting; Small Boat Sailing; Fishing; Canoeing; Scholarship; Nuclear Science; Kayaking; Chemistry; Railroading and Rifle Shooting. For a total of 25 badges.

Brendan served as Patrol leader for one year and Assistant Senior Patrol leader for eight months.

Brendan had to plan, develop and carry out a service project worthy of an Eagle Scout.
Brendan completed a three part Eagle Scout project at Jannarone Park. His project consisted of almost 300 service hours that was completed with the help of Troop 72 members, family and friends.

The first part was painting the entire inside of the field house in the three Little Viking Football colors of white, black and columbia blue. Sanding and finishing the benches inside the fieldhouse. This will become a Hall of Fame for future, present and past Little Vikings Coaches and teams.

The second part was digging a 50 foot trench from one building to the storage trailer at Jannarone Park, then conduit was placed in the trench to run permanent electrical service to the storage trailer where uniforms and other supplies are kept. Two four-foot light panels were installed in this trailer along with outlets and a switch.

The third part was putting a kiosk sign that was built and hung at the front of Jannarone Park which will hold schedules and upcoming events for all to see and the sign has solar lighting that comes on at dusk and goes off at dawn. Thank you to all who helped to in his Eagle project and a special thank you to Michael Pietrowicz, President of the Little Vikings program, for letting him do his project at Jannarone Park. Also, thank you to Mr. John Evers for donating time for the electrical part of his  project.

Brendan is a senior at Parsippany Hills High School and he will attend Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Bristol RI in the fall.

He has one brother Jack and three sisters Kailey, Cora & Ellie.

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