The following seven Scouts, all members of the Boy Scout Troop # 1 and residents of Boonton, have earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers: Emmet Bayne, Luke Cicala, William Clark, Robert Ezzi, Jace Fordi, Stefan Guerlain, and Kyle Krozser. This is the largest ever group of Eagle Scouts from Troop 1. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain this prestigious honor.
All of these high school seniors will soon go their own way as they begin their post-high school journeys. What makes them an anomaly is that they have been together in scouting since Tiger scouts (1st grade).
They have been on countless camping trips together. They have learned the benefits of teamwork. They have excelled in practicing the Scout Oath and Law in their everyday life. They are all well positioned to become community and business leaders of tomorrow. Their choice of Eagle projects reflect their collective values in giving back to the community.
- Emmet Bayne worked with Boonton Main Street non-profit organization to refurbish a prominent bus stop across from Town Hall. In addition to sanding, scrapping and painting of the bus stop, a new bulletin board was installed inside the bus stop for the benefit of travelers.
- Luke Cicala coordinated with Boonton Town Hall to enhance Boonton’s beloved Grace Lord Park by installing a lighted 25’ flag pole and 12’ diameter paver patio. The flag pole gracefully stands next to the gazebo and proudly displays the US flag, a welcome addition to an already beautiful park.
- William Clark collaborated with the Morris County Park System to design, build and install a 12’ foot bridge. The bridge was installed at Bamboo Brook Park in Chester and assists joggers, hikers and other users of the park a means of crossing a small stream.
- Robert Ezzi teamed up with the NJ Fireman’s Home to design, build and install six planters to augment and replace existing aging planters at their facilities. The planters provide the retired firemen with an ongoing activity that helps to keep them active and engaged.
- Kyle Krozser turned his respect for nature and the environment into a butterfly garden at Boonton High School. Butterflies and other pollinators are becoming extinct and they are an important part of the ecosystem. This project will have a lasting, positive impact on our environment.
- Jace Fordi grew an attachment to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boonton while attending troop meetings there. Their flagpole is an old steel pole sunk in cement. He replaced their flagpole so that they may proudly fly the American flag once again.
- Stefan Guerlain had shown an interest in an area on Sheep Hill known as Camp Estler since he was a kid. He joined forces with the Boonton Department of Public Works and troop volunteers to clear out years of overgrowth and install flagpoles and picnic tables for a passive recreational space that could once again be enjoyed by residents of Boonton.
The “magnificent seven” were honored for their achievements at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4:00pm at Boonton High School Auditorium with attendees including Senator Bucco, Assemblyman Bucco, Mayor Matthew DiLauri, and Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon.
Photo from left to right: Kyle Krozser, Stefan Guerlain, Wiiliam Clark, Emmet Bayne, Jace Fordi, Luke Cicala, Robert Ezzi