Troop 10 delivers more Eagles

Scouts BSA Troop 10, Yardley, is continuing its tradition of service and achievement as its Scouts continue to advance to the rank of Eagle Scout at an impressive rate. On July 24th, Troop 10 held an Eagle Court of Honor at Yardley United Methodist Church for five (yes, 5!) of the Troop’s newest Eagle Scouts: Benjamin Nath, Phillip Santos, Justin Brown, Samuel Wang, and Jay Moyer.

The Eagle Scout service projects completed by these five men included hundreds of hours of planning and effort, partnerships with local government, religious and civic organizations, and all made positive impacts on our community.

Mr. Ben Nath’s Eagle project involved cleaning out the storage room at the Yardley American Legion and refurbishing some of the furniture. He collaborated with the American Legion Commander and members to transform the space to complete a long overdue project that benefits the American Legion Post 317.

Mr. Phillip Santos constructed and installed over 160 feet of long-lasting and environmentally-friendly walkways to improve the 5-Mile Wood’s walking trails. He was assisted by a large number of volunteers who worked particularly well, both independently and as a team. Volunteers included family, friends, and Scouts from Troops 10, 30, 30G, and Crew 3030, which allowed him to complete the project ahead of schedule.

Mr. Justin Brown constructed a shade sail at the Lower Makefield Township (LMT) Dog Park. He and his team of volunteers (with help from the LMT Parks and Recreation Department) set pressure treated poles four feet into the ground, securing them in place with concrete. They then hung a 12-foot x 16-foot shade sail from the poles using chain, turnbuckles, and eyebolts. This project benefits LMT community residents by providing shade during the summer months while their dogs are at play.

Mr. Sam Wang built a shade sail for the playground at Veterans Square. The project took almost one year of research, planning and labor and required multiple approvals, including Lower Makefield Township, Troop 10, and Washington Crossing Council. Material procurement, volunteer recruitment, and sail construction was ultimately a success with the help of his parents, volunteers, his Eagle advisor, and the LMT Park and Recreation Committee.

Troop 10, along with many other community groups, is hosted by the Yardley United Methodist Church.

For his Eagle project, Mr. Jay Moyer upgraded a storage closet in the church basement mainly used for the youth group’s costumes and props, which had not been cleaned out in a decade or two. With guidance from a trustee of the church, he cleared out unused items, re-painted the walls, got new lighting installed, and set up new shelving units with brand new storage totes.

During the July Court of Honor, each of the Eagle Scouts being honored shared stories of their Eagle projects and highlights of their Scouting journey. They expressed gratitude to their parents, mentors, and Troop leaders.

They also provided advice and encouragement to current Scouts pursuing the Eagle rank. The ceremony was attended by numerous community leaders who presented the Eagle Scouts with citations and recognitions, and some inspirational words.

Attendees included: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, staff from State Senator Steve Santarsiero’s office, State Representative Perry Warren, Bucks County Commissioner Robert Harvie Jr., Washington Crossing Council Senior District Executive Janet Boris, Gus Cales of the Marine Corps League Patriot Detachment, and Dr. Hart from the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The Troop thanks Yardley United Methodist Church for its continued support and congratulates these five young men on their outstanding achievement and positive impact on Lower Makefield.

PHOTO CAP: Eagle Scouts, from left, Phillip Santos, Ben Nath, Jay Moyer, Sam Wang, and Justin Brown.

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