State Rep. James Arciero recently attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony for Harry Laushine of Westford Boy Scout Troop 437. To achieve the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges in a number of different subjects ranging from first aid to nuclear science. It is the highest award conferred in scouting.
Additionally, Eagle Scout candidates must plan and complete an extensive Eagle Scout project which consists of the coordination of materials, manpower, and the cooperation of many individuals to achieve the objective of the project. Such projects benefit community groups or civic organizations and represent service to society as well as a demonstration of the leadership required to be an Eagle Scout. For his project, Harry built a large stage extension for the Westford Academy performing arts center. The extension allows the WA Theater Arts (WATA) to produce larger and more varied shows. The extension is removable and can be stored away when not in use. This project brought together two of Harry’s passions – scouting and theater.
As part of the ceremony, which was held outside due to COVID-19, Representative Arciero, who is an Eagle Scout himself, presented Harry with official citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives to mark the auspicious occasion.