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West Hartford Scouts Earn Eagle Scout Rank

Daniel Geary (from left), Scout Master Mike Stimson, and Josh Orsey. Courtesy photo

Two West Hartford Scouts from Troop 163 have earned the Boy Scout’s highest rank advancement. 


Daniel Geary of Conard High School, and Joshua Orsey of Hall High School in West Hartford, CT, have earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the Eagle Scout Award.

Daniel and Joshua were recognized at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on June 2, 2024, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford. The ceremony included the Scouts, family, friends, the American Legion’s Pat Harrell, and state Rep. Kate Farrer.

The newly appointed Eagle Scouts also received proclamations from Congressman John Larson, U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 1st Congressional District, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy.

According to the Boy Scout of America CT Yankee Council, Daniel and Joshua, members of Troop 163, are among approximately 5% of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. To earn the rank of Eagle, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project.

Daniel Geary works on his Eagle project. Courtesy photo

Daniel rehabilitated a kitchen garden area at the House of Bread in Hartford, CT. The project included refreshing landscaping, refinishing a picnic bench, installing a privacy screen, removing an old planting bed, and constructing a raised bed with plantings.

Joshua restored the southmost path at Spicebush Swamp Park in West Hartford, CT.  The project consisted of clearing brush and debris from an existing path and building and installing elevated walkways.

Josh Orsey works on his Eagle project. Courtesy photo

Achieving this award is possible because of the assistance of the Scoutmasters, Troop Leaders, fellow Scouts, parents, family, friends, and community members. Daniel will attend Seaton Hall University and Joshua will attend the University of Florida in the fall.

BSA Troop 163 and 1163, sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, CT  is a leadership troop in The Connecticut Rivers Council, Charter Oak District. Troop 163 was founded in 1955. Since 1955, the Troop has produced 156 Eagle Scouts, with an average of 3.5 new Eagle Scouts each year from 2019 – 2024. Troop 163 and 1163 can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/bsatroop163). For questions about the Troop and more information about joining please visit https://beascout.scouting.org/.

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