Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 48, which was chartered by the Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield, celebrated its newest seven Eagle Scout honorees on Sunday, May 6. Zachary Boone, Gerald Hinch, Alex Ichimura, Jamie Kassiotis, Joseph Mackey, Jack Madden and Kevin Travers each were presented their Eagle Scout Badges. During the Court of Honor ceremony, the Eagle Scouts received their BSA Eagle Scout certificates along with proclamations from the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen presented by Chairman Richard Dalton, Massachusetts State Representative Brad Jones, Massachusetts State Senator Brendan Creighton and Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Keith Rhoades.
These seven young men are part of a proud Eagle Scout tradition here at Lynnfield Troop 48. The Troop has honored 42 Eagle Scouts in the past 10 years and a total of 124 Eagle Scouts since 1956. That is truly a remarkable level of accomplishment and one that our Scouts of today and yesterday, their families and their past and present leaders are all proud of. It should be noted that the recent seven Eagle Scout service projects organized and led by these young men provided over 600 man-hours of community service in Lynnfield and the surrounding area.
In all of Massachusetts, there were 1,103 Eagle Scouts in 2017. In 2017, 55,494 young men earned the award nationwide. Those numbers only represent about 6% of all the boys enrolled in Boy Scouts last year, and only about 3% of all the boys who have ever been in Boy Scouts go on to earn the rank of Eagle.