Glen Ridge is celebrating a bumper crop of Eagle Scouts. Props to the guys who’ve made it to the pinnacle of scouting. They’ll be honored/inducted this Friday.
Alexander Michael Flannery
Alex’s project was to have the students in our middle school write letters to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They wrote letters in support of the troops dedication and to express their appreciation for the risks taken by the troops.
Sean Patrick Flannery
Sean’s project was to erect a flag pole and provide landscaping for a local school. Now the school can raise the American flag every morning and show pride in our country.
Christopher J. Matthews
Chris’ project was to collect food and supplies for our local animal shelter. The shelter is run entirely by volunteers and supported by donations. It is part of our community and is the source of many pet adoptions.
Eric Robert Olson
Eric’s project was to reassemble book shelves and re-shelve books in our local library after some flood damage had been repaired. The library and many books on the ground floor were damaged by water. His project allowed the library to open the lower floor to the patrons sooner.
Jeremy F. Kane
Jeremy’s project was to collect reading materials and pre-paid phone cards for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The magazines and books let the troops know what was happening at ‘home’ and help pass the quiet hours. The phone cards are to help the troops stay in touch with friends and family back home.
Meanwhile, another local group would love to see the next group of Eagle Scouts be a little more inclusive. Members of the Unitarian Church of Montclair, NJ spoke at this rally…
Members of Scouting for All staged an eight-hour protest Wednesday outside the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel as some of the 3,000 people attending the Boy Scouts’ national annual meeting began to trickle in.
“We’re a peaceful group, but we’re not going to remain silent,” said Scouting for All President Scott Cozza. “The Boy Scouts of America will never be the same. They’re going to have to deal with this issue.”
According to Scouting for All’s Web site, more than 40 percent of its members are Eagle Scouts. More than 100 of them have returned their Eagle Scout awards either to the Boy Scouts or Scouting for All, which is holding them in trust until the BSA’s policies change, Cozza said.
“I still love scouting,” Knapp said. “I still believe it’s the best youth program in the world. We need it now more than ever before.”
The national spokesman for Boy Scouts of America said Scouting for All is welcome to protest as long as the group allows the service organization to do as it wishes.
“The Boy Scouts accepts their rights of free speech,” Gregg Shields said. “We would ask our fellow Americans to respect our right to define our membership.”
That right allows the Boy Scouts to exclude gays and atheists, said Shields, adding that the Boy Scouts oath states: “I will do my best to do my duty to God.”
“If you want to be a Boy Scout, you must believe in God,” Shields said.