PARSIPPANY — Alexander Bamert, Brendan Shanahan and Andrew Goetschkes earned the rank of “Eagle” at a “Eagle Court of Honor” ceremony held on Sunday, March 22 at the Parsippany PAL.

This was a special day in the life of these Scouts, Troop 72, and the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. This is an occasion for pride and joy, as well as a time for serious reflections. The Eagle rank is the highest recognition that scouting offers, said Mr. Chuck Thomas.

All three scouts are members of the Boy Scout Troop 72, sponsored by St. Peter’s the Apostle Church.

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 5% 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. 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.

Alexander Bamert officially finished all the requirements of Eagle on October 23, 2014; Brendan Shanahan finished the requirements on December 15, 2014 and Andrew Goetschkes completed the requirements on February 16, 2015.

James Caulfield read the Eagle Oath with Andrew, Alex and Brendan and all other Eagle Scouts in attendance. Please rise and repeat the Eagle Oath after me:

I(re) affirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath.

I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself the obligations and responsibilities of the rank of Eagle Scout.

On my honor, I will do my best to make my training an example

To make my rank and my influence count strongly for better Scouting And to be a better citizen

To this I pledge my sacred honor.

Mr. Thomas made the presentation of the Eagle Scouth Awards, and Mr. Hawkins made the presentation of the Eagle Ribbons.

The three new Eagles received special acknowledgements from Mayor James Barberio; Councilman Michael dePierro and Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., on behalf of the Township Council; Joyce Garrow on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, Frank Cahill, Executive Board Member of Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, The Parsippany Elks Club, The American Legion Post 249, Parsippany VFW Post 10184, Knights of Columbus, Parsippany Rotary Club, Assemblywoman Betty Lou deCroce, Assemblyman Jay Webber, Senator Joe Pennacchio, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Richard J. Codey among others.

To read Alexander’s accomplishments, click here.
To read Brendan’s accomplishments, click here.
To read Andrew’s accomplishments, click here.

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