Seventeen-year old Lyndhurst High School senior Anthony Hayes recently completed the work on his Eagle Scout Service Project on the grounds of Saint Stephen's Church in Kearny. Hayes is the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 305 in Kearny.
Only approximately four percent of all scouts achieve this recognition. Besides having to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, including 13 required ones, scouts must complete a community service project that will benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America. The candidate has to plan, fund-raise, secure materials, and oversee the execution of the completed project. This includes managing scout leaders and fellow scouts in leadership activities throughout the endeavor.
Hayes designed a permanent fire ring structure for ceremonies held by the Scouts on the lawn of St. Stephen’s Church, including bonfires at the Easter Vigil and flag retirement ceremonies for Memorial Day and 9-11 remembrance events. The ring is not only for Unit 305 but also for other organizations in the local community. Hayes, along with other scouts and volunteers, held a “Spooktacular Pancake Breakfast” with food, games, and activities in Hedges Hall of St. Stephen’s Church this past October.