Allendale Boy Scout Troop 59 recently honored five Scout members who diligently worked to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The five Scouts, John Cranston, John Merkovsky Jr., Anthony Messina, Steven Griffoul and Jesse Staub, learned a Scout is a trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BONNIE MCCARTHY
The Troop Eagle Committee of Allendale Troop 59 and the Northern New Jersey Council recently approved five Allendale Boy Scouts to become Eagle Scouts, following the completion of their individual Eagle Scouts projects. Above, from left, Jesse Staub, Anthony Messina, Steven Griffoul, John Cranston and John Merkovsky.
To achieve the highest rank in Scouting, the five worked on individual Eagle projects, approved by the Troop Eagle Committee of AllendaleTroop 59 and the Northern New Jersey Council that required over 200 hours of planning and labor. Details of the projects and personal highlights of the Scouts are as follows:
Cranston, a senior at The Craig High School in Lincoln Park, converted an abandoned room in deplorable condition at Christ Church of Ramapo in Suffern, N.Y., into a bright, usable conference room. He spent more than a year on the project, with 320 hours of time involved.
Merkovsky, a senior at Northern Highland Regional High School, helped the Missionaries of Charity in Harlem where he has been a soup kitchen volunteer for many years. He built two large storage units for food and cleaned up the garden. The garden and adjoining courtyard now serve as a safe recreation area for local children attending religious education classes and summer camp. He also wrapped 20 exposed metal beams with commercial padding to ensure the entire area was safe for the children to play. A total of 442 hours were invested in John's Eagle Project.
Anthony Messina, a senior at Northern Highlands Regional High School, chose to make a Sensory Board for disabled children at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in N.Y. The Sensory Board was designed and constructed specifically for the children at the facility. The board has touch, site, and sound mechanisms for the children to play and learn with. Anthony worked with physical therapists, special education teachers and staff while designing and constructing the board.
Steven Griffoul, a senior at Northern Highlands Regional High School, renovated the outside gardens of the Christ Episcopal Church of Ramapo in Suffern, N.Y. With the help of his fellow Scouts, Steven trimmed all the bushes, removed all dying and over grown plants, added mulch to the newly defined gardens and replanted to add color to the garden. Steven spent time going to many different hardware stores, landscaping companies and nurseries in order to get all of the necessary supplies to complete his project.
Jesse Staub, who just began his freshman year in the Engineering School at the University of Michigan, completed a service project that involved the design and construction of three rolling bookshelves and a rolling play table for Oasis, a haven for women and children in Paterson. Oasis provides employment readiness for low income mothers and afterschool programs for children. The new rolling furniture replaces old and inadequate units and provides an effective method of moving books and children's games to various places in the building. Many Scouts aided in the construction, assemble and delivery of the units.
--Article reprinted from NorthJersey.com web site (http://www.northjersey.com/recreation/103022389_Five_Allendale_Boy_Scout_Troop_59_members_become_Eagle_Scouts.html)