Troop 47's Stewart, Froio Earn Eagle Scout Awards
Ceremony hosted by Tewksbury Congregational Church.
Robert Stewart and John A. Froio III both earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.
Stewart and Froio were recognized in ceremonies on Nov. 13 at the Tewksbury Congregational Church. The event was emceed by Troop 47 Scoutmaster Micheal Puleo. Stewart presented his mentor pin to Troop 47 Assistant Scoutmaster Michael Farley. Froio presented his mentor pin to NYLT Scoutmaster George "Buddy" Whittle. Representative James Miceli was a guest speaker and presented a citation to both eagle scouts.
Members of Troop 47 in Tewksbury, Robert Stewart and John Froio are one of approximately four percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Michael Puleo.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle.
Stewart, for his Eagle Service Project built a retaining wall for the Tewksbury Congregational Church, Troop 47's charter organization. The wall was built in the parking lot near the side entrance of the church.
Under the guidance of Jack Hall, church member and building committee chairman, Stewart and his team learned how to use a transit, to ensure the wall was level. The end result is a wall that is aesthetically pleasing to look at and retains the dirt from eroding into the parking lot.
Froio, for his Eagle Service Project improved the hot top area of the playground at the Heath Brook School in Tewksbury. Froio led a group of scouts and adults in building a retaining wall at one end of the playground to prevent sand from covering the hot top. The group also re-sealed the entire hot top playground, painted the lines for a basketball court, lines for classrooms to line up at recess, as well as painting other games for the students at the Heath Brook School. They also painted the State of Massachusetts, a USA shield, and an entering Tewksbury Sign on a concrete surface under a shade house.
Stewart has served as Troop 47 Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Froio is currently the Senior Patrol leader of Troop 47 and has previously served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
Both Stewart and Froio attended National Youth Leader Training (NYLT) and Froio currently serves on the NYLT staff. Froio and Stewart join 35 other Troop 47 members who have attained the rank of Eagle along with other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.