Four Bedford Scouts Earn Eagle Honors

Bedford’s newest Eagle Scouts are, from left to right, Renby Fernald, Ansh Aggarwal, Alex Mattson, and John Mitchell. Courtesy photo

Submitted by Ken Scheyder, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 194 in Bedford

Bedford recently gained four new Eagle Scouts, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. 

The four new Eagle Scouts are Ansh Aggarwal, Renby Fernald, John Mitchell, and Alexander Mattson. This makes 100 Scouts who have received the prestigious Eagle award as members of Bedford Boy Scout Troop 194. Their Court of Honor was held on June 2 at The American Legion Hall in Bedford. 

To earn Eagle Scout honors, young men must earn numerous badges. They must also plan and carry out a project that will benefit their community. 

Guest speakers at the ceremony included the Rev. Chris Wendell from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, State Rep. Ken Gordon, Jonathan Pleva who is the Chief Operating Officer for the Spirit of Adventure Council, and Shawn Hanegan, Chairman of the Bedford Select Board.

Aggarwal became a Scout in September 2017 and passed his Eagle Board of review on May 8. His project was to create a package for the homeless. He worked with the We Care Charity. 

Working with a team, they obtained supplies from multiple sources. He and his team then put together 150 kits that contained toothbrushes, toothpaste, an emergency blanket, Chapstick, handwarmers, tissues, socks, and band-aids. 

Aggarwal is currently attending Northeastern University in Boston. For his first semester, he studied in Portugal. He is excited to embrace new challenges and continue to make the most of his college experience. 

Fernald became a Scout in July 2017 and passed his Eagle Board of review on Dec. 11. His project was to document all the headstones and graves in Bedford’s cemeteries. Between the Shawsheen and the Old Burial Ground, there are about 3,000. Pictures were taken and then uploaded using the BillionGraves app (

Fernald has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he will report at the end of this month. 

Mitchell became a Scout in June 2018 and passed his Eagle Board of review on Feb. 29. His project was to design, build, and install a series of improvements for the Performing Arts Departments at the Bedford High School and John Glenn Middle School. These improvements included dollies to transport spotlights and footlights. Also included were fabric covers for the outlets that protrude from the BHS auditorium stage. 

Mitchell hopes to attend a four-year college and become a teacher. 

Mattson became a Scout in December 2017 and passed his Eagle Board of review on April 8. His project took place at the Davis Elementary School. At the school there is an outdoor garden space that is used to educate students. The garden was run down. Mattson and his team replaced a rusted, dilapidated fence with an appealing new fence with a gate. A total of 26 post holes needed to be dug by hand. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

All Stories

What’s Bedford Thinking about pets?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
  • Junior Landscaping
Go toTop