May 21, 2018

Chester/Deep River Boy Scout Troop 13 Newest Eagle Scout

Chester/Deep River Boy Scout Troop 13 newest Eagle Scout Benjamin Dale Swartzell (Photo by John Kollmer)

Chester/Deep River Boy Scout Troop 13 newest Eagle Scout Benjamin Dale Swartzell (Photo by John Kollmer)

Boy Scouts of America would like to congratulate Benjamin Dale Swartzell for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Ben on September 21, 2014 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, CT.

To become an Eagle Scout, Ben earned 40 merit badges and advanced through the seven scout ranks by learning Scout and Life skills while simultaneously providing leadership to his Troop and service to his community. One of the final requirements for the Eagle Rank is to show leadership in and complete a service project that benefits the boy’s community, school, or religious institution.

Ben’s project was to replace the boardwalk through the historic Cedar Swamp at Bushy Hill Nature Center in Ivoryton. The old walkway had deteriorated over time and was posing a safety risk for campers. The walkway allows campers to walk through the swamp to view ecological diversity at the camp. This project included building a new boardwalk, removing the old walkway and getting the site ready to install the new portion. Ben used leadership skills he learned by attending Boy Scouts National Youth Leadership Training and as a staff member of the CT Rivers Council National Youth Leadership Training program.

Troop 13 Boy Scouts serves the boys ages 11-18 of Chester and Deep River. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to help young men develop their character and life skills all while having fun. There is much emphasis placed on assisting these young men to develop into strong healthy citizens who will lead our communities and country in the years ahead. The Boy Scout methods help to promote these ideals through the challenge of putting them into practice with the Troop Program. This is done in a way that is both challenging and fun. To learn more information about joining Troop 13 please contact our Scoutmaster, Steven Merola @ 860-526-9262

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