Three Troop 1 Scouts honored at Eagle ceremony

Three Milford Scouts, including twin brothers, were honored at their Eagle Scout Court of Honor Jan. 5 at the First United Church of Christ Congregational.

The Scouts, all members of Troop 1, completed Eagle projects that benefited the Milford community.

Connor Shaw and Tom Kennedy embarked on projects to repair broken and toppled headstones at the Milford Cemetery, some hundreds of years old. Many of the headstones they repaired and righted had been broken into pieces; others were knocked over or leaning.

Nicholas Shaw’s project centered on the construction of an informational kiosk at the Benson-Crump Memorial Gardens at Eisenhower Park.

The Eagle Scout is the highest ranking in Scouting. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, only about 5% of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills.

“Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Scout rank, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle,” according to the National Eagle Scout Association. “To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.”

Nicholas Shaw attends Quinnipiac University in Hamden. His twin brother, Connor Shaw, attends Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., and Tom Kennedy attends UCONN in Storrs.

Their court of honor was held in January because they all had their Eagle board reviews on Aug. 17, and then left for college. The troop held their court of honor over their Christmas break.