FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Two Fairfield boys earned a high honor earlier this year. Peter Johnson and Sean Keane, both from Fairfield’s Boy Scouts Troop 88, reached the rank of Eagle Scout.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank of the Boys Scouts of America program. To reach that level, boys need to earn at least 21 merit badges and organize and complete a community service project.
Johnson, who graduated from Fairfield Warde High School last June, chose to help Troop 88’s host organization, Fairfield Grace Methodist Church. He led a group of scouts and parents in clearing brush, planting shrubs and installing a new fence at the Fairfield Woods Road church.
While with the scouts, he earned 28 merit badges, was named to the Order of the Arrow (the Boy Scouts' honor society for camping), and served in many leadership positions with Troop 88, including senior patrol leader. He is now a student at Central Connecticut State University.
Keane’s service project was inspired by his good friend Ryan Brennan. While both were students at Fairfield Prep, Brennan was stricken with cancer and he died in February, 2011.
During Brennan’s treatment, Keane noticed that he often wore caps and hats. To reach out to other cancer patients, Keane started “Lids for Love.” He organized collection drives, gathering more than 500 hats. He then sent his collections to Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, local hospitals and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
With the scouts, Keane was also named to the Order of the Arrow and also served as a leader in his troop, including assistant patrol leader. He also represented Troop 88 at the Thunderbird National Youth Leadership Training program in 2007. Keane graduated from Prep last June, and now attends Boston College.