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Upper Township Committee honors latest Eagle Scout: Alexander Brown

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:23 am | Updated: 1:43 pm, Wed Jan 15, 2020.

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Family members joined Alexander Brown at an otherwise quiet Township Committee meeting Monday, Jan. 13, to see him honored by the governing body for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. 

As has become the practice for these honors, Mayor Richard Palombo asked Brown to open the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Palombo said the committee is happy to honor those who reach Eagle Scout. 

“It’s not something easy. It takes a lot of dedication. And a lot of folks ultimately go on to leadership positions because of it,” he said. 

Brown is with Troop 55 of Tuckahoe. 

A scout needs 21 merit badges to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, an accomplishment only a small percentage of scouts achieve. The scout must also complete an Eagle project that serves the community. Scouting officials say the Eagle project includes a component of organization and leadership. It’s not just taking on a big project, it also involves logistics and planning, because the project is typically too much for a single scout.

For his Eagle project, Brown constructed an outdoor classroom at the Cumberland Riflemen club in Millville. The club is part of a firearms certification program working with police, FBI agents and other law enforcement personnel, Palombo read from the resolution approved on Brown’s behalf. 

He also cleared an area for the classroom, built tables that instructors can use in demonstrating firearms safety and reforested an area of the club that had been damaged in a fire. 

“The township of Upper wishes to acknowledge the outstanding accomplishment of this remarkable young man,” Palombo read, “and extends its sincere congratulations to Alexander on the occasion of his receiving the designation of Eagle Scout.” 

The approved resolution congratulated Brown’s family and thanked the scoutmaster and volunteers who work with scouts. 

“Thank you,” said Brown. 

“All the boy scouts, all their projects really benefit the township,” Palombo said. 

As he typically does, Palombo told the family members that they were welcome to stay for the meeting but they understand they may want to leave on a school night. They stayed put at first, but after the next vote filed out, almost emptying the room for the rest of the meeting. 

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