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Feb 02, 2018

Troop 32 Honors Four Eagle Scout Ranks

Boy Scout Troop 32’s Eagle Scouts at their recent Eagle Court of Honor. From left: Andrew Tompkins, Kyle Patterson, Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger, Douglas Tompkins, and Phillip Tompkins.  *Photo credit: Felice Mikelberg

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 32’s leadership, BSA Monmouth Council executives, local dignitaries including Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger, scouts, family, and friends recently gathered to honor four scouts in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. Held at Middletown United Methodist Church, the ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of Kyle Patterson and brothers Andrew, Douglas, and Phillip Tompkins, (who are triplets) in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor.

Eagle Scout represents the highest levels of citizenship, leadership, and responsibility in Scouting, which involves earning at least 21 merit badges including 13 required merit badges and many elective merit badges, serving in troop leadership positions, and spending at least 12 hours on service projects, in addition to completing an Eagle Scout service project, which benefits the local community.

These four Scouts began their scouting career together as Tiger Scouts at Cub Scout Pack 32, River Plaza, with Brian Tompkins, the triplets’ father, as their den leader and later Cubmaster as well as serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster during their time in Boy Scouts. “I’ve worked with these four boys from their first days in Scouting,” said Brian Tompkins. “Not only have they developed lifelong friendships, these boys have learned to lead with compassion, respect for others, and determination.”

Ralph Rasa, Scoutmaster at Troop 32, noted, “Troop 32 members are very proud of all these Scouts have accomplished, and we know you all will do great things as you spread your wings on your trail of life.”