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Three SOMA Boy Scouts Earn the Rank of Eagle Scout

Daniel DiQuinzio

Friday, June 13, 2014 • 4:54pm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The highest rank a Scout can achieve in Boy Scouts is the rank of Eagle Scout.  On June 7, Troop 5 of Maplewood convened a court of honor in the auditorium of Seth Boyden Elementary School. There the rank of Eagle was awarded to Scouts Brian Miller, Andrew Lunde, and Bryce Peterson.

Brian Miller is a sophomore at the Pingry School in Martinsville and came to Troop 5, from Cub Scout Pact 19 in Maplewood.   For his, Eagle project he organized a daylong Christmas party for the children of Newark’s Central Ward.  He also raised $10,000 for both Christmas presents and refreshments.  He also arranged for each child to be photograph with Santa Claus.  In addition, he created an instruction manual to for the volunteers who will organize future parties.

Andrew Lunde is a senior at Columbia High School. He is an alumnus of South Orange’s Cub Scout Pack 20.  He is also an Ordeal member in Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout honor society, Lenapehoking Lodge 9.  His eagle project centered on Prospect Presbyterian Church’s celebration of its 100th anniversary for which he raised $2,200 to replace the church sign.  Andrew also conducted oral interviews with the members of the congregation to create a documentary about the congregation’s diversity.

Bryce Peterson, like Lunde, is both a senior at Columbia High School as well as an alumnus of Cub Scout Pack 19 of South Orange.  He is also an Ordeal member in the Order of the Arrow’s Lenapehoking Lodge.   As his Eagle project he petitioned the Maplewood township committee to add and additional $175,000 to the yearly budget to replace Maplewood’s existing skate park with a modern concrete park.  He also oversaw the creation of two benches from discarded skateboards and the construction of a park sing.  These will be installed when construction on the new skate park is completed in 2014.

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