Eagles and Betteridge honored at Greenwich Scouting Dinner

Ten young men, who earned the Eagle Scout rank this past year, were honored by the Greenwich Council, BSA at the 39th annual Greenwich Scouting Eagle Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles.”

At the annual Greenwich Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles”, 2015 Eagle Scouts and members of Troop 9, from left: Sivan Sud, Ben Langley, board member Camille Broderick, Nick Sages and Peter Forsberg.

At the annual Greenwich Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles”, 2015 Eagle Scouts and members of Troop 9, from left: Sivan Sud, Ben Langley, board member Camille Broderick, Nick Sages and Peter Forsberg.

The 2015 Greenwich Eagle Scout Class, made up of Robert Anderson, Eugene Constandaki, Peter Forsberg, Matthew Fox, William Freder, Benjamin Langley, John Martin, Conor Patterson, Nicholas Sages and Sivan Sud, worked on Eagle Scout service projects that benefited local organizations including the Greenwich Land Trust, Stanwich School, Greenwich Audubon, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church and Greenwich Parks & Recreation. Their projects collectively totaled 1,084 service hours through leadership of 206 volunteers.

Reciting the Eagle Scout Promise at the annual Greenwich Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles” are Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. William McKersie, Greenwich Scouting Board Member Jim Adams, Greenwich Eagle Scout Coordinator Will Druschell and the past Eagle Scout Coordinator JP Holko.

Reciting the Eagle Scout Promise at the annual Greenwich Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles” are Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. William McKersie, Greenwich Scouting Board Member Jim Adams, Greenwich Eagle Scout Coordinator Will Druschell and the past Eagle Scout Coordinator JP Holko.

In addition to recognizing the 2015 Class of Eagle Scouts, Terry Betteridge joined an impressive list, Malcolm Pray, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, State Senator Scott Frantz, Jack Moffly, Lieutenant Commander Charles “Chuck” Standard and Linda McMahon, in receiving the Malcolm Pray “Friend of Eagles” Award.

As the seventh recipient of the award, Terry shared words of wisdom with the Eagle Scouts of all ages and the 150 guests. He emphasized what he thought was the most important merit badge to earn, the salesmanship merit badge, in combination with both his and Scouting’s passion for the outdoors. “You need salesmanship. If you don’t pass it on, if you don’t let people know about your passions, it won’t continue. There’s a world out there that is really what Scouting is about. This natural world that Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Thompson Seton sought and fought to guard jealously with everything in their power.”

2015 Greenwich Eagle Scout Jack Martin (right) with his grandfather, Duncan Stalker, at the 39th Annual Eagle Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles”

2015 Greenwich Eagle Scout Jack Martin (right) with his grandfather, Duncan Stalker, at the 39th Annual Eagle Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles”

Terry urged Scouts to continue their passion and salesmanship for the outdoors and Scouting in general. “You have the ability, the power and the leadership to guard [the outdoors]. It will be your salesmanship to the next generation, the kid on the street, to the person you help, that shows them what Scouting is about. And that will make it flourish and continue, and make me ever so proud.”

As always, a highlight of the evening included all Eagle Scouts lining up in front of the stage to recite the Eagle Scout Promise. After the promise, the thirty Eagle Scouts present congratulated and shook the hands of all 10 2015 Eagle Scouts. Greenwich Police Chief and Eagle Scout Jim Heavey, who led the Eagle Scout Promise, awarded Bob DeLaney a walking stick for being the most senior Eagle in the room, earning the Eagle rank in 1951. For years the title of most senior Eagle Scout went to Paul Palmer, who earned Eagle Scout in Greenwich in 1938. Paul passed away earlier this year and is greatly missed by the Greenwich Scouting community and his fellow Eagle Scouts.

2015 Eagle Scout Will Freder with the seventh Malcolm Pray “Friend of Eagles” awardee Terry Betteridge and Eric Parker.

2015 Eagle Scout Will Freder with the seventh Malcolm Pray “Friend of Eagles” awardee Terry Betteridge and Eric Parker.

Adventure, leadership, service and learning, especially in the outdoors, have remained essential to the Greenwich Scouting experience since its inception in 1912. Nearly 1,750 local youth participate in fun programs, run by 250 dedicated volunteers, all of which help prepare local boys and girls for life. With over 18 partnering organizations and Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing and Exploring opportunities in Greenwich, Connecticut, there’s never been a better time to join the Scouting community.

For more information about local Scouting, visit www.GreenwichScouting.org.

Terry Betteridge was awarded the seventh Malcolm Pray “Friend of Eagles” Award at this year’s Greenwich Scouting Eagle Recognition Dinner.

Terry Betteridge was awarded the seventh Malcolm Pray “Friend of Eagles” Award at this year’s Greenwich Scouting Eagle Recognition Dinner.

2015 Eagle Scouts honored at the recent Greenwich Scouting Eagle Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles”, back row from left: Matthew Fox, Robert Anderson, Nicholas Sages, Sivan Sud, Peter Forsberg. Front row from left: Conor Patterson, Eugene Constandaki, Jack Martin, Benjamin Langley, William Freder.

2015 Eagle Scouts honored at the recent Greenwich Scouting Eagle Recognition Dinner and “Gathering of Eagles”, back row from left: Matthew Fox, Robert Anderson, Nicholas Sages, Sivan Sud, Peter Forsberg. Front row from left: Conor Patterson, Eugene Constandaki, Jack Martin, Benjamin Langley, William Freder.

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