July 2, 2022

Double Eagle Ceremony at Essex Troop 12

Dan Wohlmuth, left, of Essex and Gabriel Bacewicz of Old Saybrook are all smiles as they share the duties of cutting the cake after both were recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at Essex Troop 12 BSA during a recent ceremony at Centerbrook Meeting House. (Tony Bacewicz Photo)

Boy Scouts of America Troop 12 of Essex recently held a Court of Honor recognizing Gabriel A. Bacewicz and Daniel A.Wohlmuth who both attained the rank of Eagle Scout this year.  The event took place at Centerbrook Meeting House on June 29th and was attended by State Representative Philip J. Miller, State Representative Marilyn Giuliano, Selectman for the Town of Old Saybrook Scott Giegrich and BSA Mattabesett Trail District Advancement Representative Thomas Jump.

Scoutmaster John McGirr presided over the ceremony that was well attended by Troop 12 scouts, family members and friends.

Daniel Wohlmuth, son of Rosa and Carl Wohlmuth of Essex planned and supervised construction of an equestrian bridge at Cockaponset State Forest replacing a previous bridge that had been flooded out by beaver activity. The 32 foot long bridge was constructed with more than 200 volunteer hours and required multiple supports across a running stream to support the weight of a horse and rider. The bridge now enables both horse riders and hikers to traverse the trail without having to ford the stream. Dan is a class of 2012 graduate of Xavier High School and is enrolled at the University of Connecticut where he will pursue a degree in engineering.

Gabriel Bacewicz, son of Juliann and Anthony Bacewicz of Old Saybrook supervised the construction of a greenhouse and garden beds at the John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River that now serves the school’s food and life science programs and is being used by local Girl Scouts to raise vegetables for the local soup kitchen. Gabe is a class of 2012 graduate of Old Saybrook High School and will begin studies in music education at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music this fall.