Bedford recently gained three new Eagle Scouts, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. To achieve the honor, young men must earn numerous badges, then plan and carry out a project that will benefit their community in some way. The three new Eagle Scouts are Henry Su, Vishal Borra, and Quinn Ricci. This makes 96 Scouts who have attained the prestigious Eagle award as members of Bedford Boy Scout Troop 194.
All three young men became Eagle Scouts as members of Troop 194 during their Court of Honor on Saturday July 24 at the American Legion Hall on Great Road, and each has held numerous leadership positions in the troop. Attending the ceremony were many dignitaries from the Town of Bedford including Representative Ken Gordan, Legion Commander Rob Bowes and from Bedfords Ceremonies committee Paul Purchia.
A Scout since March 2015, Su passed his Eagle Board of review on 20 January 2022. For Henry’s Eagle project, he wanted to make the project related to the most important skill Henry learned which was ﬁrst-aid. Henry believed that lifesaving skills like CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver should be learned by everyone. During the planning phase of the project, Covid-19 struck and general hygiene also became a public concern. So along with ﬁrst-aid, Henry incorporated hygiene into his project. The ﬁnal idea was creating 1000 kits with materials like band-aids, wipes, masks, sanitizers, and a pamphlet. The Council of Aging was kind enough to donate the majority of the masks needed for the kits as well as providing an area for kit assembly. The pamphlet was the main focus of the kit as it taught many ﬁrst-aid skills and educated hygiene topics. The kits were delivered to the Council of Aging, Kids Club, and Emerson Clinic. To further expand the project, Henry also created ﬁrst-aid tutorial videos which were posted on YouTube and he also spent a day teaching second-graders ﬁrst- aid and hygiene at Kids Club.
Henry graduated from BHS in June, He will be attending Bentley College in the fall of 2022 and plans on majoring in Business.
A Scout since March 2015, Borra passed his Eagle Board of review on 21 March 2022. His Eagle project involved both clearing a new trail connecting the Bay Circuit Trail directly to the Middlesex Community College and adding in QR posts that provide information about various remnants. First, Vishal worked with the Trails Committee to mark an appropriate trail and then, with the help of boy scouts and adults from Troop 194, Borra cleared the trail on October 2, 2021. Finally, Borra installed a stanchion marking the head of the trail to finish up the trail clearing part of his project. Subsequently, he began to work on his QR posts, first researching the various artifacts with the help of the town historian and the historical society. Then, he created PDFs with information about the artifacts, linked them to the QR codes, and added these codes to posts using plexiglass and screws. Bedford’s Trails Committee has agreed to help maintain these posts, ensuring the PDFs will be seen for years to come at Middlesex Community College.
At Bedford High School, Borra was a leader in many extracurricular activities, serving as the President of the Interact Club, the drum major of the marching band, president of the chemistry club, treasurer of NHS and many more. In the fall, he will attend Northeastern University and plans to study finance. He will be spending his first year in London on a study abroad program.
A Scout since March 2015, Quinn Ricci passed his Eagle Board of review on 31 March 2022. His project is called “Retired with Honor.” He saw a need for supporting the American Legion on their Flag Day retirement ceremony. Instead of the metal barrel that was previously used, he chose to build a stone fire pit. To assist with the collection of flags, he designed and built 2 wooden boxes, to be used around town, and purchased an all-weather box to be placed outside the Post for easy access. Ricci led Scouts and adults in assembling the pit and making a slab to support the outside box. In addition, he designed and had a handout printed with information about retiring flags and the words of patriotic songs to be used at town events. With support from his sister, who studies TV production, he filmed scouts showing how to retire a flag, if the flag could not be brought to a receptacle. He graduated in June from Bedford High School, having participated in Golf, Tennis, Rifle Teams and JROTC.