Twenty-one young men from Belmont recently earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Only 3% of Scouts in the U.S. earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Of the scouts from Belmont Troop 66 who earned their eagle award in 2019, the youngest scout was 12 upon completion, the oldest is almost 18.

Each of these 21 scouts met the standard of required merit badges, outdoor skills and leadership experiences, organized an Eagle Scout Project that served the community and passed their Eagle Board of Review.

In total, the scouts earned a combined 525 merit badges and spent a cumulative 1,783 hours in community service. Projects will have far-reaching effects internationally and lasting impacts locally.

Eagle projects with far-reaching effects included medical kit assembly for leprosy patients in India, collecting books for an English-speaking program in Brazil, assembling school supply kits for refugees and immigrants, an art supply drive for Pediatric Hospital, bike collection for Bikes Not Bombs, shoe collection for Soles for Souls, collecting and processing eyeglasses with CharityVision, making comfort quilts for pediatric cancer patients and building custom tray holders for special needs students.

Eagle projects benefiting the Belmont community directly included painting a U.S. map at the Winn Brook, flag retirement for Belmont Veterans Services, a POMS musical instrument drive, building new instrument shelves at Belmont High School, transcribing oral histories of longtime BHS teachers, refurbishing the exterior of the Benton Library and six major endeavors at Habitat: meadow restoration, building new boardwalks, constructing goat beds, invasive species removal and erosion control at Turtle Pond.

“This remarkable group of young men, with terrific families behind them, worked very hard to achieve something very difficult,” said Scoutmaster Dr. Ryan Thompson. “This is a unique accomplishment in our community.”

A ceremony honoring these outstanding young men will take place at 4 p.m. March 15 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15 Ledgewood Place, Belmont.

The public is welcome to attend.