Francis Wood is Boy Scout Troop 51's latest Eagle Scout.
Troop 51 has a long history of producing Eagle Scouts, with 64 boys earning that honor since 1956.
Wood passed his Eagle Board of Review on March 21. His Eagle Court of Honor was held May 18 at the First Congregational Church of Georgetown.
Among those in attendance, a representative from Sen. Bruce Tarr's office, state Rep. Leonard Mirra and Georgetown Selectman Gary Fowler offered congratulations and commendations. Gov. Charlie Baker and Congressman Seth Moulton sent commendations.
To achieve Eagle Scout, Wood had to complete a minimum of 21 merit badges and also design and implement an approved service project beneficial to the community.
For his project, Wood geolocated the fire hydrants in Georgetown for use by the public safety and water departments. Using GPS equipment, he and other Scouts under his direction canvassed the entire town and recorded the precise geographic location of every hydrant and its street address. The data was then converted into various formats compatible with the Geographic Information Systems cartography used by Public Safety and the Water Department — vehicle GPS systems and KML, which Google Earth uses.
This data will allow public safety officials to see where hydrants are located on maps relative to known landmarks and more easily direct first responders. The data will also serve as a baseline for the water department's future infrastructure mapping and will facilitate maintenance and capital improvement projects.
Wood intends to remain active in Scouting as the troop guide, offering leadership and mentoring to younger Scouts. He is also a high honor student at Georgetown High School, completing his junior year.