Thomas Fiorilla of Watchung and Richard J. Pease of Scotch Plains were recognized for their achievement of the Eagle rank by the Watchung Boy Scout Troop 32 at a Court of Honor ceremony held Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting, and requires years of dedicated involvement in the troop and an extensive community service leadership project benefiting community organizations and the public. Thomas’s project was the building and installation of colony bat habitats around Watchung and Best Lakes in Watchung. Richard’s project was to blaze, map, and build a sign for the Camp Tecumseh trail system near Pittstown, New Jersey.
Richard’s parents are Richard (also Scoutmaster) and Phyllis Pease of Scotch Plains; Thomas’s parents are Paul and Amy Fiorilla of Watchung. The Troop’s Committee Chair is Sue Tucker, of Watchung.
The Eagle Rank is achieved by only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts, requiring 21 merit badges and leadership in the troop in addition to the Eagle service project. Notable Eagle Scouts have included astronaut Neil Armstrong, former US Senator Bill Bradley, and President Gerald Ford, among others.
Watchung Boy Scout Troop 32 Scoutmaster Richard Pease leads the Court of Honor ceremony honoring the troop’s newest Eagle scouts, Richard Pease (left) and Thomas Fiorilla.
Eagle scouts, Richard Pease (left) and Thomas Fiorilla take the pledge as the newest Eagle scouts of Watchung Boy Scout Troop 32.
Eagle Scout Thomas Fiorilla addresses the Court of Honor for Watchung Troop 32’s newest Eagle Scouts.