Boy Scout Troop 255 members Matthew Young, Nathan Saxfield, Judah Carter, John Forget and Christopher Jones have spent years together working their way through the ranks of Scouting, taking trips and earning merit badges.
On Saturday, the Newark teens marked another milestone together, receiving their Eagle Scout designations during a joint ceremony in Saxfield’s backyard.
“We’ve been working on it since first grade, so it feels good to finally be done,” Jones said.
Scout leaders said it’s rare for five boys from the same troop to receive their Eagle Scout rank in the same year. Normally Eagle Court of Honor ceremonies are held individually, but the boys decided to do theirs all at the same time.
“Since we’ve all been so close over the years, we did it all together,” Forget said. “It’s been a lot of hard work over a lot of years, but it’s all worth it.”
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Scouting and requires boys to earn 21 merit badges as well as design and implement a community service project.
Young and his team installed smoke detectors in 84 houses in a Dover neighborhood, and he serves as a youth leader for the American Red Cross.
Saxfield built an outdoor classroom at Leasure Elementary School.
Carter built a gaga pit at Fairfield Park and also built a sunshade over the water tank at the Newark Community Garden to help regulate the water temperature.
Forget completed a landscaping project to beautify his high school’s entryway.
Jones built new benches and refurbished old ones at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.