AUBURN, Mass. – Four Auburn Boy Scouts will achieve the highest rank in scouting this weekend.
Auburn Boy Scout Troop 121 will hold a court of honor ceremony for four new Eagle Scouts on Saturday at North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive.
Andrew Hutner, Benjamin Nelson, Christopher Seaman and Matthew Seaman, all 18, have earned the highest rank in scouting in the last year and will be honored at Saturday's public ceremony.
“Earning the Eagle Scout rank represents years of hard work, strength of character and persistence,” said Michael Lavallee, Troop 121 committee chair. “It shows real responsibility and years of dedicated effort. They have a deep respect for the community, and it shows that they are leaders."
Lavallee said the scouts earned several badges and ranks before achieving the Eagle Scout honor. They also had to complete an Eagle Scout service project before earning the highest rank.
“They’re respected by peers and adult leaders, and they’ve dedicated their services to churches, homes, communities and schools.”
Hutner’s project was a book drive to benefit Auburn Youth and Family Services. Nelson completed a beautification project with flower boxes at the Auburn Public Library.
In addition, Christopher Seaman’s project was a food drive to benefit Auburn Youth and Family Services, as well as Kateri’s Kitchen at North American Martyrs Church. Matthew Seaman did a beautification project at Faith Baptist Church, redoing the cabinets for the church.
Lavallee said only 2 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide achieve the Eagle Scout ranking. This year, Troop 121 will have 5 Eagle Scouts out of its 30 Boy Scouts, a 17 percent rate.
“We’re doing very well as a troop,” Lavallee said. “We have a great group of young men and a great group of leaders that help them achieve the highest honor.”