Nine new Eagle scouts were officially welcomed into Ridgefield Troop 116 at a Court of Honor ceremony on June 9 at Jesse Lee Church. In addition to troop leaders, family members and friends. State Sen. Toni Boucher and state Rep. John Frey also helped commemorate the advancement to scouting’s highest rank for Kevin Andros, Alden Burns, Nicholas Hanna, Patrick Joyce, Mukyu “Matt” Lim, Malcolm McGrath, Carter Ogden, Nathaniel Pereyra, and William Romoser.

Fewer than 5% of boys who enter scouting nationally achieve the Eagle Scout rank. Each must have advanced through six previous ranks, have earned more than 21 merit badges, and have served in a troop leader position. The journey includes the completion of a community service project designed, organized and led by the scout.

For their projects, Kevin Andros built a wheelchair accessible outdoor classroom teaching area at Scotland Elementary School; Alden Burns constructed a picnic area with two picnic tables and a wood chip base near the concession stand at the Aldrich Park baseball field; Nick Hanna built two picnic tables and reconstructed both bullpen areas at Scalzo Field; Patrick Joyce constructed six storage areas for the residents at Sunrise Cottage; Matt Lim built a parking lot at Sturges Park to increase the parking capacity at the park; Malcolm McGrath built two meal prep tables and laid gravel around fire pits at Sturges Park; Carter Ogden constructed a wooden storage shed for the summer camp program at Woodcock Nature Center; Nathan Pereyra built an eight-foot-long archway using fallen cedar trees for the Barlow Mountain Elementary School Nature Trail; and Will Romoser constructed three stone cooking pits for the cabin at Sturges Park.