Eage Scouts flock to recognition dinner tonight

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Scouts from the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America (NCBSA) will be recognized for achieving Scouting’s highest rank (Eagle Scout) at this year’s Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner.  The event will be held Thursday, May 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Providence Marriott in Providence.

 The event’s guest speaker is Rick Norberg, President and CEO of Vertikal6—an IT services company based in Warwick.  Norberg is the Chairman of the Narragansett Council’s STEM Committee. 

Before the ceremony, each of the new Eagles will be seated with an adult sponsor.  The Scouts will be able to network with these fellow Eagles who now work in various local industries. 

“Most Eagles continue to give back throughout their adult life and the Recognition Dinner is just one place you will find them together,” said Tim McCandless, Scout Executive & CEO of the Narragansett Council   “The newest inductees have an opportunity on this evening to network with those who have come before them. Those who have gone onto achieve success in other areas of their life.”  

During the ceremony, two awards will be given: the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award to Michael McCormack of New Bedford, and the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Service Project of the Year Award to Andrew Turner of Pawtucket.  Daniel Perry of East Freetown will be recognized for receiving the National Eagle Scout Scholarship Award as well. 

“Becoming an Eagle Scout is a significant milestone in a Scout’s life,” said McCandless. “It symbolizes years of commitment, perseverance and service.” 

The Narragansett Council has more than 10,000 Eagle Scouts. With only 4 percent of Scouts across the country attaining Eagle status this is a honor. To become an Eagle, the Scouts must complete six prior ranks, earn a required minimum of 21 merit badges and have created and managed a service project.  

“Most projects consist of more than 100 hours of work,” said McCandless.  “They entail planning and developing a significant activity to help a community, religious center, or school.  Projects range from organizing a blood drive to building a community walking trail. We’re proud of what these Scouts achieved through their projects and time spent with the Boy Scouts.  We’re excited to see where this next chapter of life takes them,” McCandless added.

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