As part of his advancement to the highest rank in scouting, Tom completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia. Tom led a team of volunteers in the installation of a dozen bird feeders and birdhouses on the property of the facility.
His project was unique in that his volunteers included not just Scouts from his troop but also retired service personnel who reside at the home. Tom chose the project because of his family’s tradition of supporting military personal and veterans.
“I have a deep appreciation for all of those who fight for our country and being able to spend time with the veterans really opened up the eyes of myself as well as everyone who worked on my team,” explained Tom.
Tom began his Trail to Eagle as a Cub Scout with Pack 280 at St. Bede the Venerable Church in Holland before crossing over to Troop 280. Along the trail, he earned the Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII Religious Awards.
Tom served his troop in many positions of leadership including Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader; he currently holds the position of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He is a member of Order of the Arrow, Ajapeu Lodge #2 and served his troop as their representative for a time.
One highlight of Tom’s career in scouting was a trip to New York during his tenure as Senior Patrol Leader in charge of the logistics of leading a group of 30 Scouts and adults around the city.
The son of Elaine and Joe Cawley of Northampton Township, Tom is a senior at LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor. Tom runs cross country for his school each fall and is a member of the Speech and Debate Club, Asian Culture Club and Model UN.
He is also involved with the La Salle Service Corps, providing meals to the homeless in Philadelphia during the school year. He participated in service trips to Philadelphia and St. Lucia with the organization during his summer breaks as well.
Tom will attend George Washington University in the fall where he will study Political Science and International Relations.
PHOTO CAP: Tom Cawley