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2002-05-09 / Other News

Scout Troop 261’s New Eagles Get Their Wings

By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Scoutmaster Cuthbert Chance is flanked by (left to right) Steven Townsend, Lavon Williams, Aderemi Dosunmu, Terrell Desir, Kevin Townsend and Nicos Vaughan. Photo by Sonny Maxon

In a solemn and yet happy ceremony at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church on Avenue D, six young men from Boy Scout Troop 261 had the distinct honor of being presented with the high rank of Eagle Scout.

A court of honor and reception for the outstanding Scouts took place on Saturday, April 27th attended by families and friends of Terrell Hayden Desir, Aderemi Jared Dosunmu, Steven Michael Townsend, Kevin Charles Townsend, Nicos Stefan Vaughan and Lavon Antonio Williams. Also attending were their fellow Troop 261 and Cub Scout troop members as well.

Eagle Court of Honor Committee members included Scoutmaster Cuthbert Chance and Assistant Scoutmaster Clayton Canaii.

The new Eagle Scouts — the highest rank given to a Scout — is presented after the candidates go "through the ranks" from Tenderfoot. The final determination is given after they perform special "Eagle Projects."

Townsend ran a coat drive for the homeless, while Desir cleaned and created a garden in the backyard of St. Augustine Church. Holy Rosary Church was cleaned by Williams, who then created a club housefor youths. Kevin Townsend planted shrubs and flowers at the historic Wyckoff House Museum, while Dosunmu planted a vegetable and herb garden behind the Wyckoff House, and Vaughn regraveled a walkway for the museum.

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