At the last Medford Town Council meeting, there was a special presentation to honor three young men who have achieved a goal they have been working toward for much of their lives.
These three members of Boy Scout Troop 20 have obtained the highest honor and rank of The Boy Scouts of America, that of Eagle Scout.
“I’m very honored and privileged to be able to read these proclamations and congratulate you,” Mayor Charles Watson said to the group of Scouts in attendance. “We’re very excited to have you guys here.”
Both Watson and Councilman Bradley Denn are both Eagle Scouts from Troop 26 in Medford.
“I know it’s a lot of hard work, it’s a great example to set and it will be a great thing to have for you guys going forward as well,” Watson said.
Christopher Haugland rebuilt the emergency staircase exit and installed a new drainage pipe and cover at Calvary Lutheran Church in Medford for his Eagle Scout project.
As Watson put it, he enhanced the safety of the children in the church’s preschool and vacation Bible school by allowing for the safe evacuation of the congregation should the need arise.
Mark Egan rebuilt and repainted the weathered park benches and picnic tables in Cranberry Park to enhance the usability of the park for neighborhood families and senior citizens who use Cranberry Hall.
Egan led a group of Scouts in what Watson described as an overall effort to enhance the beauty and safety of the park’s amenities.
Joshua Walton constructed and installed a handicap accessible bridge in the Freedom Park Dog Park in collaboration with Freedom Barks Incorporated, using funds obtained via Nutro Dog Foods.
His project enhanced the usability and accessibility of the dog park for all users by designing constructing and installing a bridge over a small water stream.
As the proclamation read, these boys now better understand the value of community involvement and civic duty. Their leadership skills are an asset to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 20, their community and their family and friends.
At the conclusion of the acknowledgements, Watson made it a point to challenge the rest of the Scouts in attendance to be standing among their fellow Eagle Scouts next year during this presentation.
“Great job by all of you,” Watson said. “Next year, I want to be reading some more of these!”