Two Boy Scouts in Troop 36 have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest in Scouting.

Peter Campbell and Steven Bean were recently recognized for that achievement, something only 5 percent of Boy Scouts ever accomplish.

They join more than 120 boys from Troop 36 who have also earned that distinction. The rank of Eagle signifies leadership, service, outdoor skills, good citizenship and ethical behavior of the highest order, according to Scout leaders.

Twenty-one merit badges are required for the Eagle rank, in addition to a leadership service project.

Campbell's Eagle project focused on Sherwood Island State Park. It entailed constructing interpretive panels to display the information and findings of a recent archaeological dig of a colonial homestead at Sherwood Island, as well as to provide the history and context of these findings. He also outlined the historic homestead foundations so that they visually pop as visitors walk through the inner core of the park -- the original homestead area.

"To me, Scouting means perseverance, hard work, leadership, and cooperation," Campbell said. "From school, to work and service, and even in social settings, these critical traits are proving to be invaluable in all facets of my life." Campbell said the most important thing he learned in scouting is communications skills.

"The development of my communication skills has increased my confidence and greatly enhanced my leadership," he said.

Bean's Eagle project benefited Greens Farms Congregational Church, where he worships. The project involved cleaning 300 gravestones at the Lower Cemetery and repositioning 40 of those that had moved out of place. Besides his scout troop, Steven had volunteers from school and church involved in the project.

"Without scouts in my life I wouldn't have grown into the person I am today and I am thankful to have been enriched by Boy Scouts," he said.

He said one of the most important things, "if not the most important thing I've learned from scouts" is `"the joy of giving of yourself."

"Some of my fondest memories in scouts have been my trip to the national jamboree, my trip to Scotland to attend the Scottish Jamborette, and many of the other camping trips and city trips I have attended," Bean added. "These trips have not only allowed me to learn about myself and others in a new and interesting environment but they allowed me many opportunities to explore the person I am."

Bean, a senior at Staples High School, is a baritone who often leads the troop in song. Recently, he sang the "Star Spangled Banner" before a Bridgeport Bluefish game. Bean plans to attend Fairfield University in the fall where he will focus his studies on business or communications.

Campbell is a senior at Fairfield Prep where he serves as assistant concertmaster of its symphonic orchestra. He is first violin in the principal orchestra of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and has performed with his group at Carnegie Hall. Campbell volunteers at the Westport Senior Center and Bridgeport Hospital. He plans to major in pre-med next fall in college.

Troop 36 is chartered by the Saugatuck Congregational Church; Matt Ferencz is the scoutmaster.

Parents who want to learn more about Troop 36 should Barbara King at 203-454-3566 for more information.