State Rep. James Arciero recently attended the inaugural Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Noah Bernstein of Westford Boy Scout Troop 195. To achieve the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges in several different subjects ranging from first aid to nuclear science. It is the highest award conferred in scouting.
Additionally, Eagle Scout candidates must plan and complete an extensive Eagle Scout project which consists of the coordination of materials, manpower, and the cooperation of many individuals to achieve the objective of the project. Such projects benefit community groups or civic organizations and represent service to society as well as a demonstration of the leadership required to be an Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Noah renovated and improved a neglected kayak and canoe launch on River Street in Westford. The project consisted of building and installing a 30-foot-long boardwalk over a muddy section of the path, clearing and leveling the trail, forming a new parking area, as well as laying wood chips along the trail and parking area.
As part of the ceremony, Arciero, who is also an Eagle Scout, presented Noah with official a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives to mark the auspicious occasion.