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Matt Soyland's Eagle Scout Presentation

Matt Soyland
Matt Soyland
Brookfield High School student, Matthew Soyland, was presented with his Eagle Scout Award on March 22nd at a ceremony held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Brookfield, Connecticut. 

The Eagle Scout is the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America program.  The term Eagle Scout is awarded to a young man under 18 years of age who has completed a set of requirements which include at least 21 merit badges and can demonstrate Scouting Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership.  This includes the extensive service project that demonstrates planning, organization, leadership, and management.  Once completed with these requirements, the Scout must then sit down in front of a board where he is asked questions about his role in Boy Scouts, his ideas, and opinions about the program.  This “Eagle Board of Review” can last anywhere between 30 and 40 minutes. 

Matthew began his Boy Scout journey as a 5th grader in 2008 in Troop 8 where he worked in many leadership roles such as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Scribe, and Troop Guide.  He also attended Connecticut Yankee Council’s Youth Leader Training Conference which was held at Camp Pomperaug in Connecticut.   Matthew attended summer camp at Camp Sequassen for five years where he earned most of his merit badges.  Matthew also became a member of the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society for Boy Scouts.

Matthew’s Eagle Project was to construct a sturdy and storm-proof bridge in Brookfield’s Williams Park.  This bridge is used by many Brookfield residents as well as the Brookfield High School Cross Country Team.   

Troop 8 wishes to thank Matthew for his role in Boy Scouts and to congratulate him in earning the rank of Eagle.

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Larry Samuel April 18, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Congratulations Matt, The Boy Scouts have a long tradition of building young leaders Because of their emphasis on God, Country and Service. Our country was founded on Justice and Liberty of ALL and that was what made the US the strongest Nation in the World. The Justice the US started with was God was the Authority and author of Justice. Therefore the 10 commandments are posted in most judicial institutions in the early years of our country. And laws were written to enforce the tenets of the 10 Commandments. US also was founded on Liberty for ALL. But people forget the word "AND" in the sentence, they were not mutually exclusive. Man is free to be good or bad but He must answer to God's Justice. The Boy Scouts are one of the last bastions of the true nature of the founding fathers of the US. They provide a avenue of growth for young men to learn to use their Freedom to do good deeds (service) for others. Matt, may you grow in learning the joy of walking in Justice AND Liberty.

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