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Jan 14, 2020

Troop 246 Recognizes Eagle Scout Nicholas Jenkins of Lincroft

By Les Pierce

Eagle Scout Nicholas Jenkins with Mayor Tony Perry

Middletown Boy Scout Troop 246 honored Nicholas Jenkins for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held Nov. 30 at the Red Bank Elks Lodge. Nick’s father and Troop 246 Scoutmaster, Bill Jenkins, presided as the Master of Ceremonies before an audience of more than 100 guests comprised of family, friends, fellow Boy Scouts, Scout officials and Middletown Township Mayor Tony Perry.

To receive the Eagle Rank, the highest distinction in Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, hold leadership positions and complete a community service project. Since the BSA inception in 1911, only 4 percent of scouts have earned the rank.

For his Eagle Project, Nick oversaw the installation of 14 Stations of the Cross at Saint Anthony Church in Red Bank. In addition, prayer pamphlets for guided prayer were created and installed at each station. The stations are located outdoors in the church courtyard.

Nick reflected on the project, stating, “Installing the stations has taught me many skills, including cooperation and leadership. This was one of the first times in my life where I needed to lead a group of people to finish something hands-on. I learned that the best way to lead is by example because not only does it show the others how to do something, it also encourages them to continue. Overall this has been a very beneficial project not only to the church, but to me as well.

”During the ceremony, Nick was honored by various dignitaries including Perry who presented him with certificate of recognition of his achievement.

Nick is the son of Bill and Christy Jenkins of Lincroft. He is a freshman at Middletown School South where he is currently competing in winter track.