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Mahwah Boy Scout Troop Breaks Record, Promotes 8 Members In 2015

L to R: Assistant Scout Master Michael Galow, Scout Master Ernie Delcher, Eagle Scout Michael Imperiosi and Assistant Scout Master Richard Eidner.
L to R: Assistant Scout Master Michael Galow, Scout Master Ernie Delcher, Eagle Scout Michael Imperiosi and Assistant Scout Master Richard Eidner. Photo Credit: Michael Galow
From left to right: Martin Zakrzewski, Matt Curtiss, Thomas Galow, Michael Nelson, Matthew Delcher, Dante D’Agostaro, and Justin Genardi.
From left to right: Martin Zakrzewski, Matt Curtiss, Thomas Galow, Michael Nelson, Matthew Delcher, Dante D’Agostaro, and Justin Genardi. Photo Credit: Michael Galow

MAHWAH, N.J. — Boy Scout Troop 258 in Mahwah broke a record in 2015: 8 of its scouts were promoted to Eagle Scout — the highest rank in scouting.

To become an Eagle Scout, a Boy Scout must earn 21 merit badges and complete an Eagle Scout project.

"It takes a family and a community to turn out an eagle scout," Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet said.

"To think that the Mahwah scouting organization turned out eight Eagle Scouts this year is a tremendous accomplishment."

Seven of the eight Eagle Scouts had their "Court of Honor" in June, including Dante D’Agostaro, Thomas Galow, Matthew Delcher, Justin Genardi, Martin Zakrzewski, Matthew Curtiss and Michael Nelson.

Michael Imperiosi had his court of honor this past weekend at Ramapo Ridge Clubhouse.

D’Agostaro created a bird sanctuary behind Lenape Meadows School in Mahwah for his Eagle Scout project. He is currently pursuing admission to a military academy.

Galow helped restore a trail and build a bridge in Haledon reservoir in Franklin Lakes for his Eagle Scout project. He now attends Lehigh University.

Delcher constructed a stone patio outside of the gymnasium at Mahwah High School for his Eagle Scout project. He now attends Salisbury University.

Gernadi's Eagle Scout project was completed for the Lenape Meadows Elementary School, where he planted an evergreen tree, built 3 picnic tables, and two park benches. He now attends Dominican College in Blauvelt, NY.

Zakrzewski, now a student at NJIT in Newark, did restoration work in Winter's Park in Mahwah for his Eagle Scout project.

Curtiss built 6 picnic tables, 12 benches and washed and re-stained some old picnic tables for a camp for people with disabilities in Allendale. He is currently attending Bergen Community College and is also training to be a fireman.

Nelson did cosmetic work for the Mahwah Township Pool. He currently attends Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.

Imperiosi helped build special carts to transport materials for math teachers at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School in Mahwah. He is currently attending Bergen Community College in Paramus.

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