Teen revitalized 1.1-mile trail for Eagle Project
Tyler, age 17, graduate of Morris Catholic High School, achieved 36 merit badges, surpassing the 21 merit badges required to receive the Eagle Scout award. In addition, Tyler was awarded the National Merit of Honor for lifesaving in 2017 and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Tyler was involved in Theater and school leadership programs during his years at Morris Catholic High School. For his final project he revitalized the 1.1-mile trail loop at Mt. Hope Pond in Rockaway, NJ; removing fallen trees, clearing debris, posting clear trail markers and signs to find the trailheads. Tyler will be attending James Madison University in Virginia to pursue a degree in psychology.
Tyler states that he “worked on the loop trail so that the community would feel safe while hiking and enjoying the beauty of Mt. Hope Pond. After all the recent storms, the trail was not visible or accessible. Revitalizing this area was important to me as I have always loved hiking, and this was something I’ve always wanted to do.”
A ceremony honoring Tyler Esterly will take place later this year to celebrate all of his accomplishments.
Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is the crowning achievement of a scout’s experience in the Boy Scouts of America. Becoming an Eagle is an honor not only as a matter of rank, but also in terms of the respect and admiration with which members of a Troop view their Eagles. Indeed, the ideal path through one’s scouting experience is often referred to as the “Trail to Eagle.” Completing the Trail to Eagle prepares the scout for various other paths and trails that they will walk in life: going to college, succeeding in a chosen profession, raising a family, helping one’s community. In this sense, the Trail to Eagle does not end at Eagle.
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