Sparta Eagle Scouts Recognized at Town Council Meeting

posted Dec 29, 2013, 6:10 PM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM ]

SPARTA, NJ- Council chambers were filled with Eagles as the Town Council recognized the Eagle Scouts from Sparta Troops 95 and 150.  The scouts present at the December meeting had recently completed their service projects.  Mayor Gibbs read a proclamation declaring Eagle Scout Week, to honor the Sparta scouts who have worked to achieve Boy Scouting's highest award.  Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose "supports Eagles who support their community," also took part in the recognition ceremony.

From Troop 95 the four scouts present at the meeting were Robert Pelaez Jr, Colin Casey, James and Sean Schoch.  They conceived, created and executed projects that enhance the lives of Sparta residents including building a retaining wall and installing plantings at the Sparta Fire house and restoring a hiking trail at Helen Morgan elementary school.   Troop leader Joseph W Lynch was also on hand.  Justin Diesso, also from Troop 95 has earned his Eagle Scout but was not present. 

Troop 150 had a number of scouts recognized at the meeting;

  • Rohan Drummond had created full sized games for a camp for children with cancer.
  • Tyler Hepp built a batting cage at Station Park.
  • AJ Thomas replaced 45 window boxes at Knoll Heights Senior Center.
  • Dylan Panicucci built a block rebound Lacrosse wall at Station Park.
  • Mike Delaney made upgrades to hunting blinds and the surrounding area for Wounded Warriors.
  • Matthew Saba placed 12 aluminum map holders along rail trails in Sussex county.
  • Andrew Smith created a memorial sitting area a Sparta High School in honor of deceased friend Anthony Greenberg.
  • Fred Clauss reclaimed a picnic area destroyed by flooding in the Sparta Glen.
  • Stephen Rozek built and installed bat houses in the Sparta Glen and at Station Park.
  • Christopher Rozek built information kiosks on a local hiking trail. 
  • Ryan Balemian was not present but received his Eagle for establishing a picnic area in the Sparta Glen.
  • Sebastian Cook and Brad Maierle have also achieved their Eagle Scout rank. 

According to the Boy Scouts, requirements for earning the rank of Eagle Scout include; earning 21 merit badges- an additional 10 more than the Life Scout rank, living by the principals of the Scout Oath and Scout Law -provide references who will attest to this, serving actively in a position of responsibility or leadership and plan and execute a service project.  Finally, the scout must successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.