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Troop 29 inducts two new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scouts of America Troop 29, based in Newtown, held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for two new Scouts in their nest on January 29th in the Visitor Center Auditorium at Washington Crossing State Park.

John Brady Burgfechtel, of Washington Crossing, and David Peter Kunz, of Newtown, were joined by family, friends, and troop members in bearing witness to their achievement.

In Brady’s prepared remarks he noted, “Achieving Scout’s highest honor has allowed me to reflect on the countless hours and miles I have put forth for my troop and the continuous dedication and persistence I have put into myself to achieve this honor.”

“During my journey to obtain Eagle Scout, I completed an 82-foot brick paver walkway, with the elderly and disabled in mind, at the Washington Crossing Historic Park in Washington Crossing, PA. Organizing sponsorships and fundraisers to cover the expenses of the project gave me exposure to project management. From understanding the materials I needed to buy, equipment I needed to rent and each layer that needed to be spread to ensure the walkway would be there for years to come. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my project sponsors. I also am grateful for my project coaches: David Kunz, Sr., Jim Burke, my dad, and Troop 29 with their efforts and help to successfully complete this job.”

Brady’s listed accomplishments include:

  • Started Cub Scouts at age seven; received the Arrow of Light.
  • Crossed over to Boy Scouts in 2015, earning 43 badges, including four palms, all ranks including Eagle (2021).
  • Completed Eagle Scout Project (April 2021), 70-foot brick walkway at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
  • Earned and awarded the four religious emblems – Light of Christ (2013), Parvli Dei (2014), Ad Allare Dei (2017), and Pope Pius XII (2019), including expressed recognition by the Dioceses.
  • Held leadership positions of increasing responsibility including: Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL), Quartermaster, Troop Chaplin and West Point Captain.
  • Tri-Lettered Athlete – Pennsbury High School; Football, Soccer and Volleyball.
  • Recipient of the 2021 Pennsbury Football Scholarship based on Leadership, Scholarship and Athletics.
  • President of Operation Smile, Board Leader of NBHS, Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Currently in training for private pilot license and holds PADA scuba diving certificate.

David Kunz addressed attendees with the following abridged comments.

“Growing up through Scouting, I was taught important core values that have shaped who I am today.

I speak through my actions every day through give-back services. As a Scout, I am actively engaged and participate in many Scout service projects and clean-up efforts. A program I have coordinated and led the past four years is Snow Angels, which aids the elderly in the surrounding communities during winter months. Most recently, I coordinated and led a volunteer effort for my Eagle Scout Project – restoring sections of the Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail, cleaning debris and graffiti, widening and marking trails and establishing a registered camp site for thru-hikers. I am a firm believer of “leave-no-trace,” and given so, I am committed to maintaining this clean-up effort annually.”

“Like Scouting, climbing had an equal part in my shaping, not only physically, but in mental toughness, critical thinking and problem solving. I first touched the wall at seven, and ever since have been climbing competitively on the USA Youth National circuit. Over the past 10 years, I have learned what it means to be truly dedicated, exhausting my free time to train and building finger strength.”

David’s notable highlights include:

  • Started as a Cub in 2010 at the age of seven; received the Arrow of Light.
  • Crossed over to Troop 29 in 2015, earning 52 badges, including six palms, all ranks including Eagle (2020).
  • Completed Eagle Scout Project in May 2019, formalized Eagle completion in June 2020, post pandemic.
  • Earned and awarded the four religious emblems – Light of Christ (2013), Parvli Dei (2014), Ad Allare Dei (2017) and Pope Pius XII (2019), including expressed recognition by the Dioceses.
  • Held multiple positions of increasing responsibility including: Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL), Quartermaster, and West Point Captain.
  • Volunteer initiatives: Snow Angel program, youth climbing clinics, state and national park betterment initiatives, active emergency medical responder.

Congratulations to Troop 29’s two new Eagles!

PHOTO CAP: John Brady Burgfechtel and David Peter Kunz at their Court of Honor

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