Have you seen any signs of Eagles in Granby lately?

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By Troy Chicoine
Boy Scout Troop 125 is proud to acknowledge its most recent Eagle Scout, Tristan Courtemanche. Courtemanche recently achieved the rank of Eagle in Troop 125. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills.
Courtemanche’s Eagle project was to build a 10’ X 12’ shed at the Granby Transfer station, to be used by Granby residents to give and take items that still have a useful life. This provides an alternative to throwing them away or putting them into the recycling stream. Courtemanche researched what other towns in the area were doing and came up with a plan to bring the idea to Granby. He led a group of volunteers to construct the shed from a design he found online and modified to suit this purpose. So, if you have items left over from a tag sale, or are cleaning house; before you throw things out, consider if someone else might use them and bring them down to the transfer station. Just ask for the repurposing shed.
If you know where to look, there are signs of Eagles Scouts all around Granby. From bridges on the trails at Mary Edwards, nature signs at McLean’s Game Refuge, fencing at Spring Cemetery, to reflection gardens, picnic areas, horse shoe pits, benches, trail information signs, bat houses and nativity scenes at local churches and other locations; they are all over town. The common thread to all of these projects is that a young man, using what he learned in scouting, conceived, planned, likely raised funds for, and led a team of volunteers to turn his idea into reality.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make proper ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouting provides boys with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, work lives, family lives, and the values by which they live.
And then there’s the fun! Troop 125 definitely puts the “outing” in Scouting, spending a weekend each month, even in February, exploring and learning new skills, canoeing, climbing, backpacking, camping, self-reliance and more! If you know a young man, age 11 to 18, who might be interested in what scouting has to offer, contact scoutmastert125@gmail.com. In the meantime, keep your eyes out for signs of other Eagles in Granby.

Eagle scouts help Tristan Courtemanche construct a shed at the Granby transfer station to earn his Eagle rank.