New Eagle Scouts honored

Greenwich Scouting celebrated 19 new Eagles Scouts at the thirty-sixth Annual Eagle Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles” June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

In addition to recognizing the 2012 Class of Eagle Scouts, State Sen. L. Scott Frantz was awarded the fourth Malcolm Pray “Friend of Eagles” Award. The 19 Eagle Scouts is double the average number of scouts that earn the impressive rank annually in Greenwich, a notable achievement in 2012 which happens to mark the 100th Anniversary of Greenwich scouting.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America and 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 four percent of all Boy Scouts become Eagles, A recent independent study conducted by Baylor University 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. The study also says they have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, are more likely to be in a leadership position at their place of employment or in community groups and have closer relationships with family and friends.

The 19 new Greenwich Eagle Scouts are part of nearly 750 Eagle Scouts who have earned this notable rank through Greenwich Scouting over the last 100 years. To date there are more than two million Eagle Scouts nationwide. Greenwich Scouting is looking to create leaders through programs that build character, foster volunteerism and explore the outdoors for 2,500 local youth annually.

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