Do you remember when a young neighbor took on sprucing up the parklet behind WAMU’s headquarters at Connecticut and Windom Place? It was Alex Ray’s Eagle Scout project. Well, our Eagle has earned his wings.
Ray was one of five Boy Scout Troop 100 members to receive the honor at a late December ceremony.
Boy Scout Troop 100 Launches Centennial with Banner Year of Eagles
For the first time in its almost 100-year history, Boy Scout Troop 100 awarded five Eagle Scouts their wings in a Court of Honor Tuesday night Dec. 27 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at Tenley.
The recipients, Alex Ray, Jonah Garland, Elliot Cornfeld, Akil Mondie, and Michael Vigdor, have each been involved in scouting for at least seven years, and they have completed rigorous requirements including a minimum of 21 merit badges, a community service project and countless hours of leadership activities. Only 2 percent of Boy Scouts go on to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Two other Troop 100 Boy Scouts, Liam Kirkpatrick and Danny Swentkofske, also became Eagle Scouts earlier this year.
Wednesday night’s ceremony was led by Scoutmaster John Le Mon, who has served as Scout Master for the troop for 20 years. Under Le Mon’s leadership, Troop 100 has graduated 36 Eagle Scouts.
Community service projects included renovation of a storage room, benches and landscaping at Hardy Park, the revitalization of the WAMU mini-park just off Connecticut Avenue at Windom Street, and improvements at Fort Totten National Park in Northeast DC.
Additionally, each of these five scouts traveled to Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico twice, where some of them hiked over 100 miles in 10 days on a trail over 6,000 feet in elevation.
Troop 100 is the oldest Boy Scout Troop in our Nation’s Capital and one of the oldest in the nation. Its goal is to teach boys leadership and environmental awareness through outdoor camping activities and community service. Troop 100 was proud to serve as volunteers at the 2012 Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Troop 100 is non-denominational and welcomes all boys.