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Saturday, March 24 News

3 in Troop 90 soar to Eagle Scout

Three members of Boy Scout Troop 90 have attained Scouting's highest honor -- Eagle Scout.

Brian Gaugler, Ben Kelly and Matt Love achieved the rank in separate Eagle Court of Honor ceremonies recently, according to the troop, which is sponsored by the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.

It is a rare honor; nationally, only about 5 percent of Scouts make Eagle, according to the Boy Scouts of America website.

The trail to Eagle Scout is steep and rigorous, capped by a community-service project that the Scout must plan and execute himself.

Gaugler built a database of people buried in the historical cemetery on Bronson Road for the Fairfield Museum and History Center. The cemetery reportedly contains the graves of more Revolutionary War soldiers than any other in the U.S.

Kelley's service project also involved research in a historic cemetery. He documented the inscriptions of 285 gravestones in Fairfield's East Cemetery off Old Post Road and provided photographs for a database at the Museum and History Center. The database is available to the public for genealogical research or historical interest.

Love built and installed nine log benches at Southport Park off Post Road and participated in park cleanup. He spent more than 105 hours planning the project, identifying where benches would go and then building and installing them.

The community service projects are capstones, but becoming an Eagle Scout has numerous requirements.

A Scout must rise through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life, according to the BSA website. He also must earn 21 merit badges, such as first aid and emergency preparedness; serve six months in a troop leadership position and complete an Eagle Scout board of review.