Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
REBUILT RETAINING WALL FOR THE VFW POST IN KENVIL
The Morris County Board of Freeholders last night honored an Eagle Scout from the Landing for an ambitious scout project that assisted a local military veterans’ organization, in a project that required hundreds of hours of volunteer efforts by the scout and his volunteer project team.
The freeholders presented a county certificate of achievement to Eagle Scout Brian Day, 18, of Scout Troop 188 in Roxbury.
Day achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on June 13, 2016 and received his badge at a Court of Honor on Jan. 14 of this year.
Day, a senior at Roxbury High School, was joined by his parents, Scott Sr. (who is his assistant scoutmaster) and Pippa, plus brother and sister Scott Jr. and Amy at the ceremony which was held at the Board of Freeholders’ Feb. 22 meeting in Morristown.
The freeholders praised the youth for completing the service project that helped earned him the Eagle Scout designation, attained by just a few percent of Boy Scouts nationwide.
“It is an absolute privilege to celebrate the positive efforts of this young man who took it upon himself to make a difference in his community,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “He, obviously, is a future leader of our county and state, and we are proud to salute him tonight.’’
“The project Brian and his team have done is impressive and they further exemplifies the merits of the young men and women in Morris County who are involved in scouting,’’ added Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, who lives in Roxbury.
For his Eagle Scout project, Day rebuilt the retaining wall at VFW Post 2833 in Kenvil. The labor-intensive project required replacing the railroad tie wall with stone blocks. With plenty of volunteer labor, it still took Brian and his team four weeks and more than 200 hours of work to complete.
Brian’s involvement in scouting, which started as a Tiger Cub, has been a family affair. His father and brother are both part of Troop 188. His dad, Scott Sr., is an Assistant Scoutmaster, and his brother, Scott Jr., also is an Eagle Scout with Troop 188.
He is a senior at Roxbury High School, where he involved with the Drama Department and Choir Program — currently serving the Choir Program as its Logistics Officer. He also played Freshman Soccer. Brian plans to attend college in the fall.