Two Westport Scouts rise to Eagle rank
Published 1:35 pm, Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Westport Boy Scout Troop 100 recently recognized two new Eagle Scouts, Adam Ellenbogen and Mark Crews.
Both young men, who have been members of Troop 100 for the entire scouting careers, were presented with the highest rank in scouting during a Court of Honor on June 6 in at Christ and Holy Trinity Church. Both young men have been members of Troop 100 for their entire scouting careers. Only 4 percent of boys in scouting earn the rank of Eagle, though the numbers from Troop 100 are higher than the national average.
Ellenbogen, 14, is completing his freshman year at Greenwich High School.
An avid video gamer, he organized a project that led to donation to the San Diego Naval Medical Center of five gaming systems, including each of the three major gaming systems (Wii, Xbox-360 and Playstation 3), as well as more than 70 video games, a Wii Fit Package, extra game controllers for each system and related accessories. The Naval Medical Center has a program that uses video gaming to ease patients' stress from illness or injury and to promote healing and wellness. The program helps in-patients, primarily Marines injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Video gaming provides a source of therapeutic recreation at the center and helps develop or redevelop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, executive functioning and problem-solving skills. Ellenbogen's brother, Ari, is also an Eagle Scout at Troop 100.
Crews, 18, is completing his senior year at Fairfield Warde High School.
His project involved creating a website to facilitate access to information about personal hygiene, family life and nutrition targeted for third-grade students. The website -- www.elementaryfamilyhealth.weebly.com -- also helps the Westport/Weston Health District provide information to the children of the community and their families. Crews continues a family tradition in scouting -- his father earned an Eagle badge at the former Westport Troop 28 and his brother Scott earned his Eagle at the former Weston Troop 7.