Saturday, April 20, 2024


Troop 36 Set to Honor Three New Eagle Scouts

Three Troop 36 Scouts, Peter Campbell, Steven Bean, and Ben Waller, will receive their Eagle Rank awards at a Court of Honor on Saturday 1 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. Image
New Eagle Scouts: (l-r) Ben Waller, Steven Bean and Peter Campbell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The rank of Eagle signifies leadership, service, outdoor skills, good citizenship and ethical behavior of the highest order.

It also represents years of commitment to a goal, which has been supported by families, Scout leaders and the community. Twenty-one merit badges are required for the Eagle rank in addition to a leadership service project.

Ben Waller is the most recent scout to pass his Eagle Board of Review on April 30.  Ben’s achievement of Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank caps his 12 years involvement in scouting, beginning in first grade with Cub Scouts. 

Ben currently serves as Troop 36’s Senior Patrol Leader, the highest youth leadership position in a troop. Ben’s Eagle Scout Project involved building refuse receptacles for the Town of Westport which are currently being used at Wakeman Field. 

Ben is a senior at Staples High School, where he is involved in SLOBs (Service League of Boys), Student Ambassadors, and Saferides, as well as being a member of the Westport Youth Commission.

Ben is also very passionate about his religion and has continued to study Judaism throughout high school. He has been a competitive rower for the Saugatuck Rowing Club since the freshman year of high school.

Next year Ben plans on attending the University of Wisconsin where he plans to continue to row at the college level.

Peter Campbell joined Troop 36 in 2010. His Eagle project was done to benefit Sherwood Island State Park. It entailed constructing interpretive panels to display the information and findings of a recent archaeological dig of a colonial homestead at Sherwood Island, as well as to provide the history and context of these findings.

Peter is first violin in the Principal Orchestra of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and has performed with his group at Carnegie Hall. He volunteers at the Westport Center for Senior Activities and Bridgeport Hospital. 
Peter graduated summa cum laude from Fairfield Prep and will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall where he plans to major in pre-med.

Steven jBean oined Troop 36 in 2007. His Eagle project was done to benefit Green’s Farms Congregational Church where he worships. The project involved cleaning 300 gravestones at the Lower Cemetery and repositioning 40 of those that had moved out of place. Besides his scout troop, Steven had volunteers from school and church.

Steven is a senior at Staples High School. He is gifted with a baritone voice which he uses to lead the troop in song.  Recently, he sang the Star Spangled Banner before a Bridgeport Bluefish game. 

Steven plans to attend Fairfield University in the fall where he will focus his studies on business or communications.

Members of the community are welcome to attend Troop 36’s Eagle Court of Honor at Saugatuck Congregational Church, which charters Troop 36. Craig Patton serves as Scoutmaster.

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