Troop 3 Westport celebrated Eagle Court for seven of their scouts. These Scouts worked towards the rank of Eagle and completed their requirements and Eagle projects from 2020 to 2022 during the pandemic and under some challenging circumstances. Most of these scouts had to integrate virtual communications with recipient organizations, take assistants’ temperatures, and stay 6 feet apart while working on plans and projects.
Scouts include Sean Landry, Tyler Resendez, Aidan Morley, Cameron Arruda, David Abgrab, Jacob Hall and Dylan Mitevere.
Sean Landry’s Eagle Project: Sean has enjoyed music his whole life and wanted to find a way to help Westport Music Boosters. He discovered that the high/middle school had stored a lot of the band’s equipment in a shipping container. Sean organized a group of scouts to paint and preserve the metal container. The group has colored it a Westport Wildcats color in order to stop any wear and tear and continue to safely house the squad’s gear and materials. He even stenciled the school mascot on the container.
Tyler Resendes’ Eagle Project: Tyler partnered with an organization called Soles 4 Souls that gently collected used shoes, and sent them to poor countries in Latin America. Tyler worked with local churches, schools, and scouts to collect, clean, pack, and ship more than 1,500 pairs of shoes. He exceeded all expectations for the project and helped many other people.
Eagle Project Aidan Morley: Aidan has always been passionate about the outdoors and education. He connected his passion by working with the Westport Land Conservation Trust to develop an audio/visual route through the Westport Woods. He organized scouts to search and write scripts and then helped dig and mark QR code signs throughout the property. He recorded videos of himself and those now stored on YouTube for future scouts, and for visitors to Westport Woods to learn about the area around them.
Project Eagle Cameron Arruda: Cameron has a passion for helping others. Through his mother’s nursing career, he learned of an organization at Hasbro Children’s Hospital that supports pediatric patients undergoing cancer treatments. After speaking with the IZZY Foundation, Cameron began collecting items needed by patients and families. Donations like toiletries, coloring books, crayons, and small toys are comforting items to break the sterility of a hospital room. Cameron has impacted the lives of many in the hospital and will be doing more in the future.
David Abgrab’s Eagle Project: With schools returning to classrooms for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, Espirito Santo School in Fall River had special needs. Many items such as scissors and sharpeners could not be shared, and hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and sanitizers were in great demand. David campaigned for every student to have a “back to school bag” to support them.
Jacob Hall’s Eagle Project: Jacob has run a pet food campaign at the Westport Food Pantry. The pandemic has caused increased food insecurity, yet people will feed their pets first. Jacob collected over 500 pounds of pet food to serve the Westport community. His efforts helped provide 1,200 balanced servings of pet food to dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
Eagle Dylan Matever Project: Dylan reached out to Westport Food Pantry to find out what they needed. The store appeared during the pandemic and is located in the Westport Grange Building. The entrance to their facility was a dirt walkway to the building. Under Dylan’s leadership, the Scouts built a large platform that provided a safe and clean area for the acceptance and distribution of food.
These seven boys embody the ideals of exploration while earning BSA Scouting’s highest achievement. They now join the ranks of 6 percent of all Scouts in the elite group of Eagles across America. Their hard work and dedication, along with perseverance during the pandemic and high school, are worthy of admiration.
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