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Mark McIlvain Andrew Lindner Troop 32 Middletown
Sep 13, 2018

Two Members of Troop 32 Receive Rare Awards

Mark McIlvain Andrew Lindner Troop 32 Middletown

From left, Andrew Lindner with his parents, and Mark McIlvain with his parents. (Photo courtesy of Michelle DeMarco)ย 

Boy Scouts of America Troop 32 recently presented Eagle Scouts Andrew Paul Pio Lindner and Mark McIlvain with Eagle Palms, a rare award in Scouting. Troop 32โ€™s newest Eagles received the award from Assistant Scoutmaster Art Rimmele Jr., who is among the few Eagle Scouts in Troop 32โ€™s 62-year history to also achieve this honor.

Eagle Palms are awards, not a rank. Eagle Scouts who have not yet reached their 18th birthday are eligible for Eagle Palms by earning additional merit badges, five for each Palm level (Bronze Palm for five merit badges, Gold Palm for 10, and Silver Palm for 15, Silver being the highest honor). Additional requirements include being active in the Troop for at least three months after becoming an Eagle, demonstrating the Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in everyday life, and continuing to develop and demonstrate leadership.

McIlvain, of the River Plaza section of Middletown, recently graduated Middletown South High School. He received a Bronze Palm, a Gold Palm, a Silver Palm, and a second Bronze Palm, the most in the troopโ€™s history. He will attend Brookdale Community College this fall.

Lindner, of Colts Neck, recently graduated from Mater Dei Prep High School in Middletown. He received a Bronze Palm and a Gold Palm. He also plans to attend Brookdale in the fall.