Troop 35 Boy Scouts earn Eagle rank



 

An Eagle Court of Honor was held on May 26 at the Andrew Shaw Memorial Scout Cabin to celebrate two Scouts from Troop 35, Willem Schuddeboom and Jacob Won, who recently achieved the Eagle Rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. The Eagle Rank requires years of commitment to scouting and community service, culminating in leading a large community service project. Along with the Scouting community, family and friends, the ceremony was attended by town and state dignitaries, including First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and State Representative Terrie Wood. Willem and Jacob have been in scouting together since elementary school. Both are graduating seniors and look forward to using the leadership and life skills, values, and sense of service they learned as Scouts as they move forward.

 

Willem Schuddeboom first joined Cub Scouts in Bronxville, New York before moving to Darien and joining Cub Scouts Pack 161. He crossed over to Troop 35 in 5th grade, and was an active Scout throughout his years in Troop 35. Willem enjoyed the many adventures that Scouts provided including orienteering programs at West Point, camping and hiking trips, Martha’s Vineyard bike trips, ski trips, historical trips, and summer camp at Camp Sequassen. In Summer 2017, Willem joined a crew of fellow Troop 35 Scouts on the high-adventure Philmont trip, which many consider to be the pinnacle of the Boy Scout experience. Willem was chosen as the Crew Leader and helped guide his team on a 12-day, 100-mile trek through rugged terrain with several 12,000ft peaks.  Soon after returning from Philmont, Willem joined the Noroton Fire Department where he enjoys the sense of service and values the camaraderie amongst its diverse membership. For his Eagle project, Willem help repaint 120 yellow “blazes” (which alert firefighters to the locations of hydrants) on telephone poles around the Noroton Fire Department district.

 

Willem is a 2019 graduate of Greens Farms Academy where he qualified as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, led the GFA Quiz Bowl team to fifth in the nation, and was captain of the robotics team, varsity fencing Team, and tech team. He will be joining the US Military Academy at West Point this summer which in many ways is a logical extension of his experience with Scouts and the Fire Department.

 

Jacob Won also started his scouting career in Cub Scouts Pack 161, participating in numerous Webelos activities and a memorable Night at the Museum at the American Museum of Natural History. He earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Troop 35 in 5th grade. Throughout his time with Troop 35, Jacob has been dedicated to serving the towns of Darien and Norwalk, acting as the Community Service chair for many years and helping with service projects including annual leaf raking with At Home in Darien, the Snowflake gifts program, and the Brown Bag Dinner program. He has been an active in troop activities and attended summer camp at Camp Sequassen. Interestingly, there is a historical connection to Scouting in Jacob’s family history. His maternal grandfather’s brother was the founder of Korea Scout Association back in 1922. For his Eagle Project, Jacob helped to restore the Reed Cemetery on Brookside Road bordering both Norwalk and Darien which had fallen into disrepair due to confusion about ownership between the towns.

 

Outside of scouting, Jacob has been a dedicated member of the Darien High School music program, playing clarinet in the Darien High School Band and being selected to Connecticut Western Region band multiple times. He has also devoted considerable time acting as counselor and volunteer over the years at Noroton Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School program. Most recently, Jacob has been focusing on art and has decided to continue his pursuit at Savannah College of Art and Design in the Fall of 2019.

Troop 53 Boy Scouts earn Eagle Rank


An Eagle Court of Honor was held on June 2 at the Andrew Shaw Memorial Scout Cabin to celebrate two Scouts from Troop 53, Henry Domenici and Casey McCall, who recently achieved the Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

The Eagle rank requires years of commitment to scouting and community service, culminating in leading a large community service project. Along with the scouting community, family and friends, the ceremony was attended by town and state officials, including First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and State Reps. Terrie Wood and Matt Blumenthal.

Henry V. Domenici joined Pack 55 in first grade and was an active Cub Scout, earning honors including Powahay District Cub Scout of the Month and the Webelos Super Achievers Award before crossing over to Troop 53 in fifth grade. Henry enjoyed the many outdoor activities in Scouts, especially participating in Troop 53’s 2017 high adventure canoeing trip at BSA’s Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Minnesota as part of an eight-man crew that traveled over 60 miles through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park. Henry loved the trip so much he will be returning this summer with another Troop 53 crew.

Henry served in many leadership positions in Troop 53, including den chief, patrol leader, and junior leader/scribe. He also developed a love for community service, participating regularly in the Salvation Army bell ringing, food drives, Veterans Cemetery wreath and flag placements, Feed My Starving Children, and the annual Scout tag sale, and worked at 20 T53 Eagle Scout projects in addition to his own. For his Eagle Scout project, Henry helped restore trails in Olson Woods bird sanctuary, building stairs, clearing paths, and removing invasive species. He plans to remain involved in Scouting as an adult, possibly as an assistant scoutmaster or merit badge counselor.

Outside of Scouting, Henry is passionate about music and is a member of the DHS Tudor Singers and Wind Ensemble (tenor saxophone), and the Tri-M Musical Honor Society. He has been selected for CT Western Region and All State choruses and participate in Darien High School Theatre 308. He is also a member of the Junior Leadership Team at Dynamic Martial Arts, where he earned his junior black belt in kempo karate.

Casey F. McCall began scouting in Pack 7 in New Canaan, where he was an active Cub Scout and enjoyed learning new skills, camping at the Connecticut Camporee, and creating his Pinewood Derby cars. He earned the Arrow of Light before crossing over into Troop 53 in fifth grade.

Casey has great memories of various Troop 53 camping experiences from Shea Island, Sheffield Island, Bear Mountain, Sequassen, Pound Ridge, Pattaconk and his favorite campout, the overnight canoe trip down the Connecticut River. He also enjoyed attending summer camp at Camp Sequassen and learning the value of community service through his volunteer opportunities with the troop including the Person-to-Person food drive and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

Casey learned leadership and teamwork as a patrol leader, troop guide, and junior assistant scoutmaster in Troop 53. These skills served him well when he spent two summers teaching middle school students how to use graphing calculators at Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education for his Eagle Scout project.

Outside of scouting, Casey participates in competitive robotics with his high school Vex Robotics team which won the Southern New England Regional Championships and competed at the Vex World Robotics tournament this year. In addition, Casey attends Saturday morning classes at Columbia University through its Science Honors Program.

Casey enjoys working with younger students and sharing his knowledge of STEM-related projects. For the past two years, Casey has served as a mentor to three robotics teams at Roton Middle School in Norwalk. Last summer, Casey volunteered at the New Canaan Library during their STEM workshops for students. This summer, Casey has an internship at Success Academy in New York City. After high school, Casey intends to study computer science and continue to serve as a mentor to high school robotics teams.