Shelton teen earns Eagle Scout by helping babies, mothers

A Boy Scout from Shelton collected items for babies and mothers at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for his Eagle Scout project.

The Baskets for Babies project was coordinated by Joshua Sussan, a Scout with special needs.

Joshua, 18, received his Eagle Scout from Troop 1 in Milford during a Court of Honor ceremony Sept. 24. He had completed the project in late 2012.

He has been involved with scouting since becoming a Tiger Cub while in the first grade at Sunnyside School in Shelton.

Determined to earn his Eagle rank

His mom, Laura Sussan, said that was an age when it became more challenging for Joshua to participate in certain group activities, such as youth soccer.

The Scouts, she said, was something he could do with the support of organization leaders.

“He told everyone back then he was going to be an Eagle Scout some day,” said Laura Sussan, who became involved herself as a den leader.

Attended the National Jamboree

Joshua has earned numerous badges through the years. He attended the Scouts’ National Jamboree in Virginia and has taken camping and field trips around the Northeast.

Highlights of these adventures have included campfires, toasting marshmallows and sleeping in tents.

“The Scouts have been very helpful,” said Joshua, who added he feels good about being able to assist babies and their mothers through his recent Eagle Scout project.

For the project, Joshua compiled a list of needed items and worked with others to make phone calls or send letters requesting the items.

This included collecting baskets, bags, diaper wipes, nail clippers, baby books, disposable cameras, combs, and other products from both large corporations and local stores.

Thanking the troop for support

Laura Sussan said she wanted to thank Troop 1, including Scoutmaster Mark Krom, for giving her son a chance and working with him.

“It is because of you and the Troop Committee that he was able to continue in scouting and was able to fulfill his dream of being an Eagle Scout,” she said.

Joshua is a senior in high school at Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull. He also is a member of a Venture Scout troop in Trumbull, participating in many outdoor activities.

The Sussans have lived in Shelton for 17 years. He has a younger brother, Jacob, who also is a Scout, and a younger sister, Natalie, who was a Girl Scout and now is a Venture Scout.