Bethany resident earns Scouts’ Eagle Award

BETHANY >> Family, friends and fellow Scouts gathered at Lakeview Lodge on June 23 to celebrate Jonathan Unger receiving Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor: the Eagle Scout Award.

Scoutmaster John A. Smith was master of ceremonies for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Fellow Scouts performed the candle-lighting ceremony. Assistant Scoutmaster James Seaton delivered the “100 Scouts” message, as well as receiving a mentor award.

First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski delivered a proclamation declaring June 23 Jonathan Unger Day in Bethany.

Jonathan completed more than 300 individual requirements, earned 21 Merit badges, and completed an Eagle Scout service project.

He led others in restoring and improving the 1.5 mile trail system at the 125-acre Bethany Land Trust property called Mendell’s Folly.

The project entailed clearing the entire system, restoring and adding trail markings, installing 2-foot bridges over two brooks, designing and establishing two switchback trails on two steep slopes, clearing and mulching a bird-watching area, as well as placing stepping stones at a beaver dam stream to allow for safe crossing.

The project took 310 hours to complete, yielding a safe and navigable trail system that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Jonathan’s work toward Eagle started as a first-year Webelos Scout with Pack 931, where he ultimately earned the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scout’s highest honor in May 2012.

He subsequently joined Boy Scout Troop 931. He has been webmaster for the troop. He developed and continues to maintain its website:

He and his fellow Scouts serve the community by participating in service projects, annual food drives, marching in parades, assisting at local Fire Department and Lion’s Club functions as well as mentoring Cub Scouts at den meetings.

Jonathan, a second-generation Eagle Scout, is the son of Eric and Jennifer Unger of Bethany. His father earned the Eagle rank with Troop 921 in Orange in 1988.

Jonathan is entering his sophomore year at Amity High School. After graduation, he plans to attend college to study information technology with hopes of pursuing a career in software engineering or cyber security.

Boy Scout Troop 931 was established in 1941, and has produced 50 Eagle Scouts.