CALDWELL, NJ - On May 27, two Caldwell residents, Thomas Nancoz and Tom Neill, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in scouting, at a Court of Honor ceremony at the North Caldwell Fireman’s community center. Both young men are members of Troop 9, West Caldwell.
Just over two percent of all Boy Scouts in the history of scouting have achieved the rank of Eagle and a boy scout must fulfill requirements in the area of leadership, community service and outdoor skills in order to earn the privileged ranking. The young man must pass specific tasks which are organized by requirements and must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges to advance through all of the ranks.
A scout must also participate in at least 18 hours of service leading up to his Eagle service project, which is meant to be something which will be helpful to a community organization. He is required to be involved with all phases of its development, including the planning, development and leadership to see it through.
Nancoz, 18, is a 2013 graduate of James Caldwell High School. For his Eagle project, he manufactured new cribbing for the West Essex First Aid Squad. The previous cribbing was over 25 years old and in need of replacement and the new cribbing will be used to stabilize vehicles during extrication and other rescue tasks. Sufficient surplus cribbing was manufactured to allow for replacement of any cribbing that may be lost or damaged in the next decade or longer. Nancoz is currently attending the University of Scranton where he majors in Business Administration.
Neill, 18, graduated James Caldwell High School in June. For his Eagle project, he painted over 100 fire hydrants in the township of Caldwell which will help to maintain the condition of the hydrants as well as increase their visibility in case of emergency. In the fall, Neill will be attending High Point University and plans to major in business.
For more information on Troop 9 visit their website, online here.