Eagle Scouts flock together at Recognition Dinner

Town resident and World War II veteran Chuck Standard, at left, was presented the Malcolm Pray Friend of Eagles Award. — John Ferris Robben photo

Town resident and World War II veteran Chuck Standard, at left, was presented the Malcolm Pray Friend of Eagles Award.
— John Ferris Robben photo

A aerie of 23 Boy Scouts was recently honored at the Greenwich Scouting 2013 Eagle Recognition Dinner for having achieved Scouting’s highest honor — the rank of Eagle Scout.

Each Eagle Scout demonstrated leadership while performing a service project that benefited local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, the town’s Parks and Recreation department, Greenwich Land Trust, Adopt-A-Dog and the Armstrong Court Community Garden.

Also honored was Charles “Chuck” Standard, who received the fifth Malcolm Pray “Friend of Eagles” Award.

Eagles of all ages were present at the event for the “Gathering of Eagles” reception, including Paul Palmer, who this year celebrates his 75th anniversary of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

The 2013 class of Greenwich Eagle Scouts includes Dominick Borrico, Alexander Buck, Forest Crossman, Sean Dillon, Joseph DiMatteo, Jack Freiheit, Trevor Frey, Matthew Hall, James Harnett, Robert James III, David Keller, Maxwell Kim, Eric Knorr, Stephen Le Breton, Ryan Olesen, John Oswald, James Plewniak, David Roberts, Jacob Russell, Anthony Shaw, Henry Stone, Kohtaro Tanaka and Matthew van Rhyn.

Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout requires an enormous amount of time and hard work, from earning 21 merit badges to planning and executing a local service project. As a result, only 4% of all Boy Scouts become Eagles — an accomplishment that is well worth the hard work as found by a recent independent study conducted by Baylor University.

The study, Merit Beyond the Badges, determined that Eagle Scouts are more likely than men who have never been in Scouting to do better across various parts of life, including personal health, social connection, environmental concern, goal achievement and character development. Past successful Eagle Scout recipients include Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong and President Gerald Ford.

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