Three Boy Scouts from Little Compton Troop 29 attained the rank of Eagle during a Court of Honor ceremony held on Saturday at the Little Compton Game Club.
Scouts C.J. Mickey, 18, Jack O’Toole, 17, and Colby Torre, 18, were joined by family and friends for the momentus event. With a maturity far beyond their years, each explained their Eagle Scout community service projects they completed and how scouting has affected them.
“I built two picnic tables for the Little Compton Historical Society," said Torre. "During my six years in scouts, I learned how to be a leader and how important teamwork is,” said Torre.
Mickey, a 2011 graduate of Portsmouth High School, is a pharmacy major at the University of Rhode Island. He echoed his fellow scout's thought, but added a twist.
“I have found out it’s important to be a leader, but it’s just as important to be a follower," he said. "In order for an objective to be completed, orders need to be followed though."
Mickey said he built benches and planted bushes at the Little Compton Town Landing for his Eagle Scout service project.
“The skills we learn in scouting are not for our benefit but to teach and help others,” said O’Toole. “Because scouting has become such a part of me, I’d say it’s difficult to separate it from other parts of my life."
Scoutmaster Bob Harvey said that there are 34 registered boys in Troop 29 and they are very active.
“Our family support and participation is what makes our troop such a success," he said. "We are a very traditional troop in that respect. Because of that support we are able to participate in camping and the Scouting for Food program, as well as assist the American Legion Post. We also like to play a lot of dodge ball."
Harvey noted that promoting three scouts to Eagle at one time is unusual for most troops, but not for Troop 29.
“We had a group of 11 come into the troop within about a year of one of another and have just followed each other through,” he said.
Harvey also pointed out that the troop also gives the Little Compton boys something else.
“Our school ends in the eighth grade and everyone ends up going to different schools after that," he said. "By joining Troop 29, they have a chance to continue their community roots."