Ryan Caruso becomes an Eagle Scout

Ryan M. Caruso of Troop 27 attended his Eagle Scout Board of Review and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

He celebrated his Eagle Court of Honor at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church this summer. Mayor Mark Lauretti presented Ryan with an eagle statue from the city and an official proclamation, marking his achievements. State Rep. Jason Perillo, was also at ceremony and presented Ryan with a certificate.

As a Cub Scout in Den 5 and Pack 27, Ryan attended many den and pack events and earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts. After Cub Scouts, he joined Troop 27 where he held many leadership roles and earned 34 merit badges. He has attended many summer camps and fall/spring camporees at Housatonic Council’s Camp Strang in Goshen. In addition to many weekend trips such as white water rafting, Gettysburg, and snowboarding, his favorite was his journey to Sea Base in Key West, Fla. where he spent a week sailing and snorkeling the reefs.

After earning the required merit badges, becoming proficient at many skills and holding leadership roles in the troop, a scout must complete a service project to obtain the Eagle Scout rank which is the highest Boy Scout rank that a scout can earn. The project is organized and overseen by the Eagle Scout candidate in order to demonstration his leadership skills.

Ryan’s project was to clean-up the historical Lower White Hills Cemetery on Maple Avenue. Ryan and his fellow scouts, friends and family served a total of 282 combined hours of community service, which included carwash to raise money for project supplies, scraping and repainting iron fence, painting of wooden gate, racking of leaves, cutting back overgrown vines, brush and tree branches surrounding cemetery borders, planting white day lilies, refurbishing park bench and cemetery sign, and cleaning of roadside liter and brush over-growth.

Ryan will be a 2014 graduate of Shelton High School where he has participated in the Marching Gaels drum line since eighth grade. After graduation, he plans to attend community college or trade school to study auto technology. In Ryan’s spare time he enjoys playing guitars and drums, snowboarding and longboarding with his friends.