Pictured are Alec Musante, Representative Arciero and Arya Kunaparaju, all of Westford. COURTESY PHOTO

Scouts Earn Eagle Badge; Presented with Citation from House of Representatives

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Arya Kunaparaju and Alec Musante of Westford Boy Scout Troop 159 recently received their Eagle Scout badges, the highest award given in Scouting, during a ceremony at First Parish Church United in Westford.

To achieve the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges in a number of different areas, ranging from government to recreational activities. In addition, Eagle Scout candidates must plan and complete an extensive project that usually consists of coordinating the materials, manpower and cooperation of many individuals to achieve the objective of the project. Such projects usually benefit community groups or civic organizations, and represent service to society demonstrating leadership ability.

Musante’s Eagle Scout project was the construction and installation of three handicap accessible picnic tables and three park benches at the Roudenbush Community Center in Westford. Kunaparaju’s Eagle Scout project was the complete renovation of the three storage doors of the Westford Town Common Bandstand for municipal use on the Common.

As part of the ceremony, state Rep. James Arciero, himself an Eagle Scout, presented the two new Eagle Scouts with official citations from the House of Representatives to mark the auspicious occasion.