Scout earns Eagle Scout badge after completing a bridge in Shelton

Daniel Vigezzi has been working for the community since he was young. At 16, he has made it easier to travel the trails in Shelton, which earned him an Eagle Scout badge. He was honored in a ceremony earlier this month.

Daniel’s Eagle Scout service project was to work with and lead his fellow scouts and volunteers in the building of a 16-foot bridge over an active

fresh water stream on the Paugussett Trail, located just off of Independence Drive in Shelton.  Before the bridge was in place, there was a dangerous gap that the hikers had to navigate over. This bridge was built to support the Shelton Trails Commission for the safety of hikers and to aid in the trail's construction and expansion.

His scouting career

Daniel first started as a Tiger Cub in Cub Scout Pack 27 Cub at Elizabeth Shelton School.

When he joined he told us that he was very excited to be able to go hiking and camping and to “do fun things” that he had never done before, his father Michael said.

“When Daniel and I talked about Scouts and why he enjoyed it so much he said that one of the best parts of Scouting that really made it fun for him was that he would be able to do this with friends from school and in the neighborhood,” his dad said.

In first grade, as a Tiger Cub, Daniel set a goal for himself to become an Eagle Scout; he never wavered on this goal.

When Daniel advanced from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts. He also received the Super Achiever award given to Webelos scouts that earn all 20 activity pins before their Arrow of Light ceremony.

Daniel held various positions of responsibility within Boy Scout Troop 27 as he advanced through the Scouting ranks. The positions included: Assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, Troop librarian, Order of the Arrow representative and senior patrol leader.

Eagle Scout

To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, one must earn 21 merit badges. In fact, Daniel has earned 40, and has a goal to earn 50 and obtain Eagle Scout Palms.

Daniel has been selected and inducted into the BSA Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society as a Brother. He attended BSA’s High Adventure Sea Base in 2011 and attended the National Scouting Jamboree in 2013.

Extra-curricular activities

Daniel is a junior at Shelton High School, where he is a Connecticut Mastery Test Honor Student, member of the French Club and plays trumpet in the marching Gaels. He also plays trumpet in the high school concert band, took part in the winter percussion ensemble, ran spring events on the winter track team his sophomore year and runs sprint events on the high school spring track team.

In his spare time, Daniel is an avid skier, Air Soft competitor, plays computer games and is a member of the Huntington Congregational Church and its youth group.

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