Adam Lassonde’s journey to the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout – began in the first grade.
A Connecticut cub scout in Troop 390, Adam and his family moved to Florida, and he became a member of Troop 288 when he was in the fourth grade. He achieved the highest rank in scouts, Eagle, in his 10th grade year on Dec. 2.
On this journey, Adam held several leadership roles, contributed more than 150 hours of service to his community, attended numerous trips – including the high-adventure Philmont, earned 23 merit badges and organized and completed an Eagle project.
Adam’s project benefited St. John Paul II Catholic Church, where he managed the building of a 20-foot-long by 8-foot-wide bridge over a concrete spillway. This bridge is the first part in creating a walking path around a retention pond for prayer, meditation and the Stations of the Cross.
The building of the bridge was achieved with 230 service hours and 24 helpers. Adam raised more than $7,800 for the project, donating back $5,000 to the church.
Adam’s Eagle Court of Honor, recognizing his new rank was held on Feb. 5. In attendance were his parents, current and former scout masters and fellow scouts.
Chartered in 1989, Troop 288 has been home for 115 scouts to earn the Eagle ranking. Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church is home to Troop 288. Additional information on Troop 288 is available at www.troop288PVB.org.