Groton Boy Scout Troop 1 is pleased to recognize seven extraordinary local Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Scouting.

Scouts must advance through six progressive ranks, earn at least 21 merit badges, serve in visible positions of leadership and complete a major community-service project before the age of 18.

Only 4 percent of boys entering Scouting advance to Eagle, and holding the rank provides significant benefits throughout their adult lives and careers. Notable U.S. Eagle Scouts include Gerald Ford, Neil Armstrong, Robert Gates, Michael Dukakis, Michael Bloomberg, Steve Fossett and Steven Speilberg,

Eagle Scouts nationally complete more than 3 million hours of service every year. Troop 1's new Eagles have demonstrated community commitment, leadership and project-management skills throughout their path to Eagle. Scouts are responsible for coordinating fundraising to cover the cost of their projects and for recruiting volunteers to provide labor. In 2013, Troop 1 Eagle projects combined donated more than 1,000 man hours to the local community.

The Eagle Scout rank is presented at a Court of Honor which recognizes each Scout's achievements and his family's outstanding support.

Ryan Hamerla (March): Ryan rebuilt the memorial at the Sgt. William Woitowicz Althletic Fields. The project included moving a large boulder to the corner of the field, installing a bronze plaque, moving the flagpole over to the new location and landscaping around the memorial.

Daniel Horrigan (March): Danny planned and installed a series of drainage bars and a new culvert along the trails at Sargisson Beach to reduce the erosion that is occurring along the trails heading down to the beach.

Tim Wilson (April): Tim was involved in an erosion project along the Nashua River over at the Groton Woods Conservation area. The project included installing erosion netting and planting grasses to help stabilize the river banks.

Eric Dennis (June): Eric's project was the refurbishment of flagpole holders, poles, and flags that are put out along Route 225 in West Groton on "flag days." He also installed a dozen new holders to expand the number of flags flown along West Main Street.

Bennett Marson (August): Bennett worked with the Parks Commission on a project to install circles of granite pavers around the three flag poles at Sawyer Common to unify the area. He led a group of volunteers to dig out, prep and lay out more than 100 pavers per circle.

Chris Huber (September): Chris worked with the Graves Committee to catalog all burial places of Civil War veterans in the Groton Cemetery on Chicopee Row. He documented 100 gravestones with photographs, GPS coordinates and transcribed inscriptions.

Aaron Hendershot (November): Aaron worked with the First Baptist Church across from Groton Dunstable Middle School to replace deteriorated trim and to paint windows, doors and other exterior wood. He also led the installation of a new flagpole.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's foremost youth programs of character development and values-based leadership training. If you would like information about the programs available through the BSA and Troop 1, visit westgrotonscouting.org or contact scoutmaster@westgrotonscouting.org.