Andover Teen Completes Eagle Rank

posted Jan 24, 2015, 11:57 AM by Mark Rozek

Van Orden reaches highest rank in Boy Scouts

ANDOVER — Bradford Michael Van Orden, of Andover, successfully completed the requirements for the highest rank in Boy Scouts. At age 17 he completed the Eagle Scout rank on Nov. 3 after his 12 year commitment to scouting. Van Orden participates in Troop 153, of Wantage, under the direction of Scoutmaster Steve Dely and Committee Member Cindy Van Carples. He completed his Eagle Scout project at the Sterling Hills Mine in Franklin. A celebration to honor Van Orden for his achievement will be held at the Church of the Good Shepard in Wantage, on Jan. 17, 2015 at 1 p.m. Van Orden started scouting in the first grade as a Bobcat Scout with Pack 97 under Den Leaders, Barbara Hanson and Lisa Lombardi earning Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos ranks. At that time he earned the highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light. He then crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 153 and served the community in many ways.

Troop 153 is very active and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at the Church of the Good Shepard. The troop does a lot of camping all year round and hikes frequently in preparation for longer hikes in the wilderness. Van Orden has experienced two, 14-day backpacking expeditions at Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico with several members of Troop 153. He has also served as a Den Chief, Troop Librarian, Troop Historian and Senior Patrol Leader. His Eagle project included 129 community service hours renovating floors in three rooms at the Sterling Hills Mine Museum and cleaning the tour route inside the mine. He completed 29 merit badges along with earning all six ranks in Boy Scouts leading up to Eagle. He is the son of Kellie Ortiz, of Andover, and Michael Van Orden, of Wantage, and has an older sister, Brittany and younger brother, Brandon. Bradford is a senior at Sussex County Technical School and a member of SkillsUSA, Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and is Valedictorian for the class of 2015. Bradford has future plans as a Nuclear Power Specialist in the US Navy or to possibly attend the Naval Academy.