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Six Scout troop members earn rank of Eagle

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published March 24, 2020

 Six members of Boy Scout Troop No. 273, out of AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. They are, pictured from left, Jonathan Weaver, Elijah DiCerbo, Simon House, Eric Bean, Noah Tances and David Chomicz. They were honored at a dinner in February.

Six members of Boy Scout Troop No. 273, out of AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. They are, pictured from left, Jonathan Weaver, Elijah DiCerbo, Simon House, Eric Bean, Noah Tances and David Chomicz. They were honored at a dinner in February.

Photo provided by Jeremy R. Cnudde

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METRO DETROIT — A number of local neighborhood spots have received fresh, new looks on behalf of members of Boy Scout Troop No. 273.

Six of its members — Noah Tances, Jonathan Weaver, Elijah DiCerbo, Eric Bean, Simon House and David Chomicz — recently completed a number of beautification projects to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. 

Each Scout was required to organize, plan and execute an Eagle Scout project. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, www.scouting.org, the Eagle Scout project is the final requirement to obtain the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America organization.

“They all turned out really well,” said current Scoutmaster Jeremy R. Cnudde, of Grosse Pointe Park. “They all somehow have benefited the community, a church or a park.”     

Troop No. 273, out of AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods, has about 40 Scouts who hail from many communities, including the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, St. Clair Shores, Warren and Clinton Township. 

Tances, who attends Lake Shore High School, installed stencils on St. Clair Shores sewer drains and passed out flyers regarding pollution near Lake St. Clair for the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Committee.  

Weaver, who also attends Lake Shore High School, built accessible benches for people with disabilities at Veterans Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores. 

DiCerbo, a student at the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center in Warren Consolidated Schools, performed maintenance and painting to the fence, shutters and pathways for the historic East Detroit schoolhouse in Eastpointe. He resides in Fraser. 

Bean, who attends Lakeview High School, installed benches and flowerpot stands at the entrance of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warren.

House, a Grosse Pointe North High School student, repainted the city of Harper Woods Recreation Office at Johnston Park.

Chomicz is a student at De La Salle High School. He installed new retaining-wall planters and landscaping around the front entrances of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

The new Eagle Scouts were recognized during a dinner Feb. 25.

“These Scouts are in large part responsible for the tremendous success and growth of Troop 273 from around 15 Scouts to the current 40 plus (and growing) Scouts today,” past Scoutmaster Mike Tances stated in a press release. 

Each candidate must earn at least 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or related service project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. The six Eagles earned a combined 190 merit badges, and their projects included dozens of volunteers working over 1,250 combined hours to complete them.

The project gave the Scouts lessons in community service, leadership, teamwork and project management. There were many steps to earning the rank of Eagle Scout, including presentations before the Eagle Board of Review. 

“We try to give them guidance and let them learn through the process,” Cnudde said. “All of them had challenges, but they also came through it very well.”

Each Scout had a number of troop members and parent volunteers help them with their projects. The Eagle Scouts also had to solicit monetary donations to fund their projects and pay for supplies.

The six new Eagles have served in numerous leadership roles in the troop, have participated in the Mackinac Island Honor Guard, hiked the Pictured Rocks and Grand Island, and attended National Jamborees. Five of the six Eagles completed National Youth Leadership Training. 

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