By Kathy Brown .
Haddam Boy Scout Troop #44 held their spring Court of Honor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and Nick Pach and Sam Wytas led the ceremony, along with their Leader Mark Pach and Assistant Leader Mike Parker. At the Court of Honor, they had six rank advancements, which included 1 Tenderfoot advancement, four 1st Class advancements, and 1 Star advancement. In addition, four scouts who crossed over from cub scouts this year have completed the scout rank.
They also showed recognition of the completion of 38 merit badges that the Scouts have earned since the Fall 2017 Court of Honor. These included: 1 for Traffic Safety, 3 for Railroading, 1 for Plumbing, 1 for First Aid, 3 for Fire Safety, 2 for Fingerprinting, 1 Farm Mechanics, 3 for Engineering, 3 for Electronics, 2 for Electricity, 4 for Composite Materials, 9 for Communication, 2 for Citizenship in the World, 1 for Citizenship in the Nation, 1 for Camping, and 1 for Art.
In addition, on Sunday, May 20, 2018 Simon Brown, senior at Haddam Killingworth High School earned his Eagle Scout award during a special ceremony led by Eagle Scouts Nate Parker and Ryan Weis, along with troop leader, Mark Pach. Simon is the son of Kathy and Jason Brown of Haddam, Conn. Simon has been in scouting for 7 years, starting in 2011. To achieve this award, Simon had to earn 21 merit badges, and undergo an Eagle Board of Review in which he presented his completed leadership service project.
Simon’s service project was designing and building a bedding shed for Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, which is located in East Hampton. The bedding shed was completed in June 2017. At the ceremony on Sunday, he also earned the bronze palm, which is for completing five extra merit badges after the required 21 merit badges. State Rep. Bob Siegrist of Haddam was on hand to present Simon with an official citation from the General Assembly.
Simon will be attending Central Connecticut State University in the fall, studying Mechanical Engineering.
Photos by Kathy Brown.