Arnold Mills Troop 1 elevates 5 to Eagle rank

Arnold Mills Troop 1 elevates 5 to Eagle rank

A Court of Honor at the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church's Cargill Hall elevated five Scouts from Troop 1 Arnold Mills to Eagle Scout. Named Eagles are, seated from left, Morgan C. Smith, Samuel J. Robinson, Patrick J. Regan, Samuel T. McQuaid and Edward M. Kwiatkowski. Behind them are their parents, from left, Keri and David Smith; Mark and Lori Robinson, Scoutmaster Len Bradley, former Scoutmaster Bill Smith, John and Bonnie Regan; Sam and Peg McQuaid, and Ed and Ellen Kwiatkowski.

CUMBERLAND - Five Boy Scouts from Troop 1 Arnold Mills were elevated to the rank of Eagle in a Court of Honor Sunday at Arnold Mills United Methodist Church's Cargill Hall. About 100 friends and family were on hand for the ceremony. State Rep. Karen MacBeth brought the greetings of state and federal officials to the young men.

Earning honors were Edward Kwiatkowski, Samuel McQuaid, Patrick Regan, Samuel Robinson and Morgan Smith.

* Ed Kwiatkowski, son of Greg and Ellen Kwiatkowski, earned 35 merit badges in his scouting career. He now serves as a junior assistant scoutmaster after serving as senior patrol leader. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow. A senior at Cumberland High School, he is co-captain of the debate team and is a member of the National Honor Society.

For his Eagle service project, Kwiatkowski worked with the Cumberland Land Trust to develop new trail maps and brochures after mapping all of the trust's trails using GPS.

Kwiatkowski has been accepted at several colleges but is undecided at this time. He plans to pursue a degree in history.

* Sam McQuaid is the son of Sam and Peggy McQuaid. He earned 25 merit badges in his career and served the troop in several leadership positions. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow. A senior at Bishop Feehan High School, McQuaid is a member of the debate team and the National Honor Society. He is co-captain of the school's baseball team, and is also an altar server at St. Aidan Church.

For his Eagle project, he created a new space for outdoor recreational games at the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln.

He has been accepted to the University of New Hampshire College of Engineering, but is undecided on a school at this time.

* Patrick J. Regan, son of John and Bonnie Regan, earned 22 merit badges in his Scout career. He served in several leadership positions including patrol leader and troop scribe. He is a senior at Bishop Feehan High School and is a member of the debate team and Socratic Society. He has been an altar server at St. Joan of Arc Church since 2004, and is a sacristan.

For his project, Regan worked to fund, design and landscape improvements at the Cumberland Senior Center.

He will be attending the University of Montana to pursue studies in the College of Forestry and Conservation.

* Samuel J. Robinson is the son of Mark and Lori Robinson. A recipient of 32 merit badges, Robinson served in leadership roles in the troop including patrol leader and troop guide. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow. A senior at Cumberland High School, Robinson's Eagle project was to paint unique murals in each of the six wings of the school, as well as secure a $200 donation to the school's Art Department.

Robinson will attend Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., and plans to major in broadcasting and streaming media.

* Morgan C. Smith has earned 38 merit badges in his seven-year Scout career. The son of Dave and Keri Smith, Morgan joins his three siblings who all have earned Scouting's highest rank. His brother, Murphy, is an Eagle Scout from the same troop, while sisters Molly and Mackenzie both earned the Girl Scout Gold Award earlier. Morgan Smith served Troop 1 in several leadership positions including patrol leader and instructor. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Smith is a senior at Bishop Feehan High School and is a member of the marching band and percussion ensemble. He is an altar server at St. John Vianney Church.

Smith's Eagle project was the restoration and improvement of three hiking trails at the New Dawn Earth Center in Cumberland. In one case, troop members redirected flowing water off a rutted and dangerous area of a trail. Smith has been accepted at the University of Hartford and plans to study computer engineering technology.

The troop is led by Scoutmaster Len Bradley. Former Scoutmaster Bill Smith, who led the new Eagles for several years, served as master of ceremonies, while the invocation was led by Deacon Joseph McGinley. Assistant Scoutmasters Bill Millette offered the Eagle Challenge, and Phil Irons the "Voice of the Eagle." The crowd enjoyed a PowerPoint presentation on the Scouts created by Mark Robinson.