Troop 36 trio awarded Eagle Scout badges

Awarded Eagle Scout badges by Troop 36 during recent ceremonies were, from left Andrew Allison-Godfrey, Peter Morrison and Devon Gillespie.
Awarded Eagle Scout badges by Troop 36 during recent ceremonies were, from left Andrew Allison-Godfrey, Peter Morrison and Devon Gillespie.Contributed Photo

Three members of Boy Scout Troop 36 have achieved Scouting's highest rank, rising to Eagle Scout.

Andrew Allison-Godfrey, Devon Gillespie Peter Morrison were honored recently by the troop, which has been sponsored by Saugatuck Congregational Church for nearly 65 years.

All three Scouts earned at least 21 merit badges and completed community-service projects requiring about 100 hours of work each, Troop 36 said in a news release.

Troop 36 Scoutmaster Jack Berry, assisted by state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-136, presented the Scouts their Eagle badges. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, delivered the keynote address, speaking about what it means to be an Eagle Scout and what others expect of them, according to the release.

Allison-Godfrey, 18 will be a senior at Greens Farms Academy in the fall. He built display cases for Earthplace, the environmental center, as his community service project.

Morrison, also 18, graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School recently and plans to attend Fordham University. For community service, he built benches for Sherwood Island State Park's environmental center.

Gillespie graduated recently from Fairfield Warde High School and plans to attend Norwalk Community College in the fall. He cleaned headstones at Saugatuck Congregational Church's Evergreen Cemetery as his community service project.

During the ceremony, each received an awards from the Connecticut Yankee Boy Scout Council, and Steinberg presented each a commendation from the state.

Among the merit badges each has earned are first aid, emergency management and life saving, the troop said. Each can shoot a gun, start a fire, render aid, chart a course, cook and survive in the wild, the troop said.

Troop 36 was founded in 1948 and has produced more than 100 Eagle Scouts, according to the release.