Three-for-three cheers to Michael Maffia, Sam Daniele, and Jalen Blunt. This trio of talented teens from Scout Troop 353 received their Eagle’s wings on May 12 at an Eagle Court of Honor service at Trinity Church followed by a reception in their honor.
Along with being inducted into the hallowed ranks of Eagle Scouts, the boys received proclamations from state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Marine Park) congratulating them on this auspicious honor.
Each proclamation read, in part:
“WHEREAS, The highest achievement of leadership in Scouting, earned by only four percent of all Boy Scouts, is the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.”
In order to attain the rank, the Scouts must achieve the following: earn at least 21 merit badges; demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership; and complete an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.
Only then is a scout presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.
Michael is the third in his family to achieve this lofty goal, joining brothers Gregory and Douglas.
Standing O salutes these young men for their dedication and spirit.