Silvia, Martin become Troop 1139’s latest Eagle Scouts

Silvia, Martin become Troop 1139’s latest Eagle Scouts

Brenden Silvia, left, and Cameron Martin became Troop 1139’s 69th and 70th Eagle Scouts during a Court of Honor ceremony on July 18.

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Troop 1139 Slatersville celebrated a milestone last month when Brenden Silvia and Cameron Martin became the 69th and 70th Scouts since the troop’s founding to obtain the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

Silvia, 16, is the son of Josh and Laurie Silvia and a junior at North Smithfield High School. For his Eagle Scout project, he assembled and donated 117 care packages to the Providence Rescue Mission to be distributed to homeless people in Rhode Island. His original idea, he said, was to send packages to veterans or troops stationed oversees, but he ultimately decided to help a group closer to home.

“I got a tremendous amount of donations, I got really lucky with the amount of support,” he said.

While his original goal was 80 care packages, he received enough donations from people and businesses to far exceed that goal. Family members and Scouts gathered at Scouter’s Hall last August to assemble the packages with hygiene products for those in need.

Silvia was a member of Cub Scout Pack 7 before joining Troop 1139. During his time in Troop 1139, he’s earned numerous merit badges and participated in many campouts and events, including a river cleanup on the Saco River in New Hampshire. He also served as troop scribe and assistant patrol leader and received the Ad Altare Dei religious award during a service at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence. The highlight, he said, has been getting to know other Scouts and troop leaders and spending time with his scouting community.

“Troop 1139 is such a great organization,” he said. “It’s almost like a second family.”

Last week, Silvia participated in the 24th World Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, where he joined Scouts from more than 150 countries. This week, he and Martin joined the rest of their troop in their annual trip to Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Hopkinton.

Martin, 16, is the son of Scott and Karen Martin and a junior at North Smithfield High School. For his Eagle Scout project, he fundraised and installed two welcome signs at the entrances to Forestdale and Primrose. The idea, he said, came about when he saw similar signs in other communities but noticed there was no entry sign to his own Primrose neighborhood.

“I wanted something that would be around for generations and that people would always see and remember, especially in my community,” he said.

Martin raised nearly $1,800 and obtained permission from the town administrator and Town Council before installing the signs last December. Though the frozen ground made for a difficult installation process, Martin said he was able to get the job done with the help of volunteers.

Before joining Troop 1139, Martin had been a member of Cub Scout Pack 7 since the age of 6. As a Boy Scout, he participated in many campouts and trips, served as den chief, patrol leader and scribe and received the Ad Altare Dei religious award. Highlights, he said, have included camping at Yawgoog, skiing at Pats Peak in New Hampshire, biking Block Island and traveling to Gettysburg, Pa.

“One of my personal favorites was when I went to West Point,” he said. “I enjoyed that because it was like a jamboree. A bunch of other troops were there too, and you could meet new people.”

The Scouts officially received the rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor ceremony at the Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club on July 18. Both Scouts said they were relieved and happy to obtain their rank after many hours of work toward their projects.