LOWER MAKEFIELD >> Scouts BSA (Troop 210) celebrated its newest Eagle Scout, Connor Eirich, during a Court of Honor on Saturday, April 13 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lower Makefield
The son of Russ and Julia Eirich of Lower Makefield, Connor began his Scouting career in 2007 as a Tiger Cub Scout with Pack 95 and continued in Cub Scouts, earning the highest rank - the Arrow of Light Award.
Connor then crossed into Troop 210 and started his new journey. He enrolled in a Den Chief training course, made available through the Scout training committee, and soon assumed the responsibility and leadership position of Den Chief to teach new skills to younger scouts. Connor was assigned to Cub Scout Pack 10 where he enjoyed teaching Tiger Cubs new skills. The Den Leader said that Connor always provided wonderful ideas and approaches to help the Scouts.
Connor began earning merit badges by participating in summer camp, trips, and hikes that presented him with various opportunities and adventures. He found his passion for learning and was innovative on how to accomplish a variety of goals which contributed to his rank advancements.
As a student at The Lewis School of Princeton, Connor saw that there was a need for an outdoor area where students can learn and socialize while enjoying the natural surroundings at the school. As part of his Eagle Project he created a space that would accomplish both of these goals.
During Connor’s Eagle Ceremony he was presented with an American Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., along with a proclamation by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. He also received various other proclamations and certificates from State Senator Steve Santarsiero, State Representative Perry Warren, Lower Makefield Supervisors Suzanne Blundi, John Lewis and Dan Greiner, a Senate Resolution from New Jersey State Senator Kip Bateman and letters of recognition from New Jersey Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman.
Connor also received congratulations from various Scout leaders, committee members, fellow Eagle Scouts and the Founder and Head of The Lewis School, Marsha Lewis.
Scoutmaster Shawn Kennedy presented Connor’s Eagle Badge and National Eagle Scout Association neckerchief, which his parents then presented to their son. Connor then presented his parents with a Mother and Father Eagle pin and thanked them for helping him to accomplish his goals.
Connor honored and presented mentor pins to his very good friend who he has known since kindergarten, Charlie Decker, and his former Scoutmaster, Laura Foulds, both of whom were instrumental in helping him through his Trail to Eagle.
Family and friends were also there to celebrate Connor's accomplishment, including his sister, Genevieve, grandmothers Elda Eirich and Dianne Kelsey and many aunts and uncles. Also attending were officials and teachers from Connor’s high school.
Connor plans to pursue a career in engineering and is currently exploring his school options.