By Daniel Bemis
GUILDERLAND — Joseph Petitti of Boy Scout Troop 83 in Guilderland had his Eagle Court of Honor on Jan. 19. The Court of Honor was held at Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post, the chartering organization for Troop 83.
Petitti earned the highest honor in Boy Scouts, the Eagle rank, by meeting all of the requirements. One of those requirements is to organize, plan, and run a service project.
Petitti’s project was to paint the walls and floor of a room for the Family Rosary, Inc. at Christ the King Church in Guilderland so the church could use that space as an office.
He also earned more merit badges than the required 21. In addition to the required merit badges, Petitti’s elective merit badges included American Heritage, Sculpture, Metalwork, Photography, Hiking , and Sailing.
He earned his Eagle rank at 13, far from the average age a Boy Scout achieves Eagle, which is 17.5 years.
Petitti has been in Scouts (Tiger Cub up to Eagle) for over eight years. He currently is a member of Guilderland Troop 83 and is a ninth-grade honors student at Guilderland High School. He enjoys strategy games, playing piano, creating sculptures, and drawing.
Along with Eagle projects that benefited Christ the King Church, recent Troop 83 Eagle projects have involved installing trail markers at Tawasentha Park, clearing part of the Rail Trail in Voorheesville, creating a registry and map for the town of Guilderland of the gravesites at the Guilderland cemetery on Route 146, and working on the grounds at the Fred Abele Mc-Kownville Town Park. Boy Scout Troop 83 meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at McKownville United Methodist Church.
Editor’s note: Daniel Bemis is the scribe for Boy Scout Troop 83.