On Monday, May 8, 2017 PJ O'Brien achieved Scouting's highest rank by earning his Eagle Scout rank. As part of an Air Force family, PJ has admirably excelled in Scouting over 12 years despite being in various troops in 9 different states. This takes great dedication and effort. Through these many moves, PJ cites Scouting as being a constant in his life, and has helped him make new friends easier.
A Junior with a nearly a 4.0 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society, he is planning to attend a Florida university with a major in Marine Biology/Biology and a minor in Business. His ultimate goal is to work in the field of science, to own his own business, and to have a family where he can pass down his father's and his own name. PJ is the first Scout in his family to earn his Eagle rank, and will be a great example for his two younger brothers who are also in Troop 610.
PJ is extremely ambitious and hard working, and embodies friendliness and helpfulness. He has given countless hours of community service, including volunteering at his local shelter and sponsoring a special needs student at the Special Olympics. Through his leadership in the Troop he has mentored many Scouts and helped them earn merit badges and advance in rank. As an Eagle Scout, he will continue to be an example of Scout's highest ideals, and plans to participate as an Assistant Scoutmaster post-college. We wish him all the best. PJ, you will be missed!
Last weekend the Troop went over to the east coast to do some paddle boarding and ocean kayaking. We were surfing at Ron Jon in April, but this was different. We stayed at Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation in Tequesta (first time here, but it came highly recommended and didn't disappoint), and spent Saturday enjoying the big waves and bigger ocean at Coral Cove beach near Jupiter. We climbed all over the coral rocks on the beach and explored the sea life, then when high tide was coming in, we went out into the inlet at the Jupiter Outdoor Center on kayaks and paddle boards. We paddled around the lighthouse, and saw turtles, dolphins and lots of sea life. It was a great adventure, and a fantastic way to wrap up another great year of camping. Can't wait to do it again!
Sadly, this is the last camp out for Jakob Strawn and Jacob Bailey before their 18th birthdays. These guys are true examples of Scout Spirit, and will be tremendously missed by all of us.