On the eveing of Wednesday Spetember 4th, one of Troop 14’s originating scouts accomplished the highest honor in Boy Scouts by achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Wyatt met with the Daniel Webster Council Mt. Monadnock District Eagle Board of Review and by unanimous vote was awarded the honor.
It has been a long journey for Wyatt going back to his Cub Scout days where he started the scouting advenure as one of Pack 14’s original scouts and was the only one to stick with scouting. At the end of his 5th grade year he also joined the newly formed Troop 14 also located in Marlborough, NH and began his adventure. It didn’t take long for him to start as just two months in as a scout he went on his first trip to Camp Bell at the Griswold Scout Reservation in Gilmanton, NH. There he started to learn the basic skills in becoming a Boy Scout.
During his seven years in the Boy Scouts he went to Camp Bell 6 times, numerous spring & fall camporees, klondike derby’s, and Troop 14 outings. He served as the Troop’s first Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and then back to Senior Patrol Leader. Some of his highlights in scouting were time spent hiking the NH White Mountains climbinng the state’s 4000’s.
Wyatt’s biggest accomplishment was the veteran’s memorial he built for the Town of Marlborough, American Legion Croteau Coutts Post 24, along with other local, state and national veterans. This happens to be his Eagle Scout project, something he is very proud of and happy that the local veterans can use for special ceremonies such as Flag Day. During Wyatt’s senior presentation at the Dublin School he talked about why he wants to be a commissioned officer in the US Navy and he attributed a lot of what he learned in scouting but also the importance of giving service as key factors in his decision to pursue that career.
Back in early July, Wyatt attended the NROTC New Student Indocrination at the Great Lakes Naval Base for three weeks and is now a Midshiman 4th Class. This fall he will be attend Drexel University and will be part of the Drexel/UPENN NROTC where he plans to major in History.
Later this year Troop 14 will be hosting his Eagle Ceremony likley over his winter break. Congratualtion to Wyatt for achieving this honor of becoming an Eagle Scout.
Over the past couple months a Life scout candidate from Troop 14 has been working on his service project in order to achieve the Life rank. Jack selected to re-build the picnic benches at Stone Pond where the local town beach is located. There were five benches there all in dire need of repair.
He determined how many boards and other components would be necessary in order to achieve the task. Through the help of his troop including three now scouts along with anohter first year scout and a couple others he was able to complete the project last Thursday even in the damp and cold May evening. Using EDGE Jack showed several of the new scouts how to do many of the different tasks in building the benches so they could be full engaged and take part in the process. In scouting we commonly use EDGE (Expaln, Demonstrate, Guide and Enable) to teach others how to do things.
Thanks to the leadershio of Jack and the aid of the Boy Scouts of Troop 14 the Town of Marlborough now has 5 new picnic benches available for the public to use at Stone Pond.
The scouts of Troop 14 are pleased to announce that three webelos from Pack 297 who recently cross-overed to boy scouts on Tuesday April 16th have selected Troop 14 as thier new home. The current scouts of Troop 14 are excited about the new addition of these boys as it helps insure the future of Troop14.
We are looking to climb Mt. Monadnock on Sunday October 14th starting at 8am. Trailhead is still TBD but will be either Dublin Trail or Marlborough Trail. Should be back to the base by 1230pm.
More details to follow-weather pending. Even if couldy we will go up. For those that climbed North Twin a 4 years ago remember it was snowing at the summit!
Wyatt is off to a great start with his groundbreaking last weekend starting to clear brush for the veterans memorial site.
EAGLE SCOUT CANDIDATE TO BUILD VETERANS MEMORIAL IN MARLBOROUGH, NH
Troop 14 Boy Scouts of America Life Scout Wyatt Switzer is working toward earning the Eagle Scout rank, and he invites help to give back to veterans in the community. He started scouting in Marlborough, NH when he first joined as a Cub Scout as part of Pack 14, which is sponsored by American Legion Post 24. After successfully attaining the Arrow of Light he then moved onto to join Boy Scouts with Troop 14 in Marlborough, NH.
He’s working to give back to the veterans who have given so much to the community and to his scouting experience by building a veteran’s war memorial near the town pavilion off of Fitch Court in Marlborough, NH. It will consist of a brick and granite 12’ x 12’ patio along with a 25’ nautical flag pole. This will provide members of the community and veterans with an accessible memorial but also the beneficiary organization American Legion Post 24 a meaningful place to host events such as Flag Day and part of the Memorial Day parade route.
The veterans in the community have played a role in his success in his Boy Scout career but also recently sponsored him so he could attend Boy’s State. As Wyatt recently stated “while their efforts can never be fully repaid, my Eagle Project is a small token of appreciation for the American Legion and local veterans that have had a positive impact over the years on me and other scouts in Troop 14.”
Wyatt will be having a “buy a brick” fundraiser where businesses and community members can put a special message on the bricks or pavers, which will help make up the patio at the memorial.
To help Wyatt in his efforts please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can contribute.
Folks, I would like to set a tentative date of Thursday December 21st for our annual winter Court of Honor starting at 630pm approximatley. Location TBD. It may be a moving date and I will do my best to set this in the next week so you can all plan. We have several awards, merit badges and rank advancements to hand out to the scouts for much of their hard work since the last ceremony. It would be great if we could make this event a pot luck supper.
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In a joint effort the boy scouts of Troop 14 and cub scouts of Pack 14 collected over 500 items of food that was donated directly to the local food pantry here in Marlborough, NH. This is such an important activity that has a direct benefit to so many families in our community. A special thanks to the Delaney’s and Yatsevich families for helping seperate & orgaize the food this year.
I want to pass on a HUGE thanks to Wyatt for doing a great job as the Troop’s Senior Patrol Leader and Asst Senior Patrol Leader the past 5 years. While no one else was really up to the challenge or responsibility, he took it on and as a troop we would really watch him develop as a fantastic leader during his time at camp with the rest of the boys. To a level where the camp staff strongly suggested he be part of of their team next year. Wyatt is about 18 months from completing his time in scouts and is going to serve the troop in a different capacity but will also be working hard to complete his Eagle project by the end of May.
With that said as a troop we have made some changes and last week we had everyone in attendence and the boys elected a new leadership team. One of the requirements within our troop we have set to become the Senior Patrol leader is they have to have attain the rank of First Class. All other leadership positions within the troop are available at any position. Every year we will have a new SPL giving the boys in the troop the opportunity to develop as a leader.
Congrats to Jack L. for being elected as this year’s SPL.
Other positions that were elected include the following:
Patrol Leader- Nat Y.
Asst. Patrol Leader- Ethan B.
Scribe- Sammy P.
Quartermaster- Danny P.
Webmaster- Dan S.
Every year we will vote on positions and as the troop grows there will be plenty of opportunities for the boys to develop their leadership skills. Congrats to all the scouts and their recent elections.
Yours in Scouting,
SM Troop 14
Scouts, on Tuesday prior to the hike we will be handing out popcorn sheets for you to use to help raise funds not only for our troop but also for the council. Many of you get to experience some great things at Camp Bell this year and much of that would not be possible without the annual popcorn fundraising. Last year we did about $1300 in sales and this year I would like to see us eclipse $1700 which means our troop would get north of $500 of the proceeds. Please make a solid push tow sell at least $150 worth of popcorn per scout this fall. There will also be the opportunity to raise some funds with the annual holiday wreath we also put on. Last year a large percentage of our sales went right to the scouts whol sold the popcorn and some earned over $100 toards camp.
SM Troop 14