Troop 1 celebrates four Eagle Scouts and their local projects

Troop 1 celebrates four Eagle Scouts and their local projects

Troop 1 Greenville Scouts, from left, Benjamin Rees, Samuel Placido, Thomas Bowater and Joshua Keene achieved the rank of Eagle Scout this year after completing community-based Eagle Scout projects.

SMITHFIELD – Four Scouts from Troop 1 Greenville achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout this month after completing community-based Eagle projects in Smithfield.

Assistant Troop Master John Souve said the four Scouts exemplify what a Boy Scout should be: honest, hard-working genuine young men who deserve recognition for their accomplishments.

Thomas Bowater, 18, a Smithfield High School Class of 2019 graduate, said he’s been Scouting for as long as he can remember.

Over the years, Bowater said Scouting brought him white water kayaking, on trips to Boston, mountain hiking, lifelong friends and countless other memories.

“During my Scouting journey, I expanded my comfort zone and tried to accomplish things I never thought I would get the opportunity to,” Bowater said.

For his Eagle project, Bowater rebuilt a dilapidated metal fence surrounded Historic Cemetery 61 in Greenville. Bowater brought a group of Scouts who divided into three teams to pick up and reassemble the fence. Some pieces had trees growing around them, he said.

He said the Smithfield Cemetery Society requested help with the fence for the 1700s and 1800s cemetery.

Bowater will be a sophomore at the Community College of Rhode Island in the fall and intends to transfer to the University of Rhode Island in his junior year to earn his bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

• Joshua Keene, 18, of SHS’s Class of 2020, said he started Scouting as a Tiger Scout in Cub Scout Pack 3 in Greenville. He said Scouting helped him grow from a timid person to a patient, well-rounded, cooperative leader.

He said through adventures such as camping at Camp Yawgoog and learning to care for himself in the woods, his future began to brighten as much as his own character improved.

“I can’t thank Scouting enough for the memories, friends and experiences I will cherish forever and the skills and lessons I will use for the time to come,” Keene said.

For his Eagle project, he laid processed gravel over the path leading from SHS to Deerfield Park. He said during the wet season, the path became soft and muddy, causing people to slip and fall.

Greenville Ready Mix donated 10 yards of gravel for the path, Keene aid.

Keene will attend Johnson & Wales University to study robotics engineering in the fall.

• Samuel Placido, 18, SHS Class of 2020, followed in his brother’s footsteps when he joined Scouting, previously watching him earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Placido said he’s learned essential skills as a Boy Scout, including how to be a leader.

“As you become older in Scouting, you become part of the leadership which teaches you how to lead your fellow Scouts, which will help you not just with obtaining the rank of Eagle but in life,” Placido said.

For his project, Placido followed in his brother’s footsteps in continuing renovations inside St. Thomas Episcopal Church. He spent a day painting the outside of the parish hall, and he and his troop ran a car wash to raise money for paint and supplies.

Though he wasn’t able to complete painting due to safety concerns, Placido donated the remainder of the paint and supplies to the church.

He will attend Johnson & Wales University to study integrated product design in the fall.

• Benjamin Rees, 18, SHS Class of 2020, said that being a Boy Scout meant being a part of a group that supported and challenged him while creating friendships along the way.

Scouting helped him come out of his comfort zone, which led him to try out for the football team, go deep-sea diving, and go on a mission trip to Haiti.

“Going to Yawgoog year after year is something I am going to miss sorely,” he said.

For his Eagle project, Rees worked with the Smithfield Land Trust to install four water bars on trails within the Wolf Hill Forest Preserve to slow erosion caused by rainfall. Rees installed 10-foot pressure-treated wooden planks into trenches along the trail.

Rees will attend the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., to study biology.