On Saturday, March 10, a Court of Honor was held at the Schooleys Mountain Lodge, to recognize Eagle Scout Matthew Milner, of Long Valley.
Matthew completed his service project in June 2011 at the , and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts' highest honor after passing his Board of Review, in September 2011.
To earn the Eagle award a scout must be active with a troop, earn a minimum of 21 Merit Badges, assume positions of leadership in a troop and complete a service project which benefits his community.
Matthew's eagle project benefited the students and staff of the . He created an outdoor classroom by building benches, a butterfly garden and an enclosure for the school's resident tortoise in the courtyard.
He led a team of scouts and adults in building, digging and planting in the courtyard at the school. Matthew is currently a senior at . He will graduate in June and will attend college to study to become a special education teacher.
Information and photo provided by Shelly Milner.