Sudbury Boy Scout Troop 60 recently celebrated four new Eagle Scouts: Matthew D’Isidoro, Connor Gilroy, Gabriel Faucher, and Jake Fisher. The Court of Honor for Gabriel and Jake was held on November 23 at Sudbury United Methodist Church, and the Court of Honor for Matthew and Connor took place at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church on December 15. During their respective Courts of Honor, each scout made a solemn pledge to live by a high moral standard as an Eagle Scout for the rest of his life, each was formally presented the Eagle Scout Award, and each received written commendations from local, state, and national dignitaries.
The requirements to become an Eagle Scout are very challenging, and an extremely small percentage of Boy Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout regionally and nationwide. In comparison, Troop 60’s program has been very successful in encouraging its scouts, with roughly 75-80% of the boys who enter Troop 60 eventually becoming Eagle Scouts. In order to become an Eagle Scout, a boy must meet the requirements of six different Boy Scout ranks, which include multiple Board of Review interview processes, 21 merit badges consisting of roughly 300-400 requirements that provide a scout with life skills and experience to help him be a valuable member and leader of society and a steward of the outdoors, at least 16 months of troop leadership positions, and significant community service.
All four of these scouts have contributed many hours of community service as part of the Boy Scout program throughout the years, but the culminating service project before reaching Eagle is a scout’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Matthew’s project involved the design, construction, and installation of four cedar benches for the lawn and prayer garden at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Sudbury. Connor organized the collection of supplies for, and the assembly of, 100 backpacks filled with school supplies donated to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for the benefit of the children at John Paul II Academy in Dorchester. Gabriel installed a prayer garden at the Sudbury United Methodist Church. Jake constructed and installed picnic tables and benches at Feeley Field in Sudbury. In each of the projects, the scout was responsible for the planning, fundraising, and leadership of others to complete the work.
Matthew, Gabriel, and Jake are currently students at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Connor, a graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury, attends Quinnipiac University. In the near future, Troop 60 will be celebrating the attainment of the Eagle Scout rank by another one of its scouts, John Strahan. John, a senior at Lawrence Academy, will be attending Amherst College next fall.