Grandson of local residents earns Eagle

MACEDON, N.Y. – Boy Scout Troop 167 of Macedon, N.Y., hosted its first Eagle ceremony of 2014 in March. New Eagle Scouts, George Sprague, Andy York and Zach LaMarche received their Eagle Awards at a ceremony held at the Lodge in Ginegaw Park.

Eagle is the highest rank in Boy Scouting. Less than four percent of all Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. To achieve the rank of Eagle, each boy had to complete a minimum of 21 Merit Badges. Twelve Eagle Specific Merit Badges required learning important life skills as well as knowledge about their community, nation and world. The other nine plus Merit Badges were individually picked by the scouts based on their interests.

In addition, the Scouts had to first earn the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd class, 1st class, Star and Life. Each rank required performing community service, holding a leadership position, developing outdoor skills, having a scoutmaster conference and a Board of Review.

Finally, each Scout needed to perform an Eagle Project that benefitted the community. The scope for each project included designing the project, obtaining any needed funds and supplies for the project, organizing workers, and ultimately supervising any construction from start to finish. The Scouts also had to have letters of personal recommendation from members of the community.

George Sprague is the grandson of Escanaba resident, Florence Foltman, and son of Escanaba native, Mary Ann Sprague and husband Michael Sprague of Jennings, Mich. George is currently enrolled at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, N.Y.

His Eagle Project benefitted the Macedon Food Pantry. George’s project helped clean and re-organize the pantry space for improved efficiency. He also created an adjustable labeling system that can evolve with future needs and hosted an open house for the food pantry to raise donations and community awareness.

Andy York and Zach LaMarche, both seniors at Ruben A. Cirillo High School in Gananda, performed projects for Sherburne Park in the Town of Walworth. Andy’s project consisted of researching, constructing and placing plant identification markers throughout the one-mile Sherburne Park Red Trail. In addition he constructed and installed two large wooden benches, giving trail goers a place to rest and enjoy the park.

Andy’s project was recognized as the Eagle Project of the Month for the Seneca Waterways Council.

Zach’s project was the construction and placement of bat houses around the edge of the wetlands and one on the new pavilion at Sherburne Park. Zach’s project will also improve community enjoyment of the park through innovative, environmentally friendly insect control.