FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Six boys from Fairfield’s Troop 199 will be promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony next month.
Michael Connelly, William Fulda, Conor McGuinness, Michael McQuade, William Poling and Eric Rasmussen all reached the rank.
Eagle Scouts must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and serve in leadership positions to earn the distinction. Candidates also need to complete a community service project to help local organizations. Only about 5 percent of Scouts go on to earn the honor, according to the Boy Scouts of America.
Connelly’s project helped the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Bridgeport Prospect House, two organizations that serve the homeless. He gathered 668 pairs of shoes for the two centers’ residents. He also raised money to provide 200 bus tokens to the Prospect House’s residents to help them travel to job interviews.
Fulda decided to improve the experience for dog walkers at Lake Mohegan. He worked with the Parks and Recreation Department to install benches at a popular spot in the park for dogs to swim.
McGuinness also used his project to help the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. He organized a donation drive to collect more than 2,400 pounds of food and $1,500 in cash donations for the shelter.
McQuade dedicated his volunteer work to the Connecticut Audubon Society’s headquarters in Fairfield. He and his friends blazed trails and added signage to the hiking area of the center’s sanctuary.
Poling’s service project helped Fairfield’s Operation Hope Food Pantry. He worked with the Stop & Shop supermarket on Villa Avenue to organize a food drive to add to the pantry’s supplies.
Rasmussen traveled to the Newtown-Monroe border for his service project, cleaning up sections of the Halfway River with help from Trout Unlimited and City Carting.
All six will officially receive their awards in an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony on Jan. 26.