Third generation Eagle Scout gets congrats from the Obamas

Members of Shelton's Boy Scout Troop 27 and the community honored Christopher Turechek as he received his Eagle Scout award on June 13.

Christopher is now a third generation Eagle Scout, with his grandfather earning his Eagle Scout rank in 1947, and his father earning his in 1977. During the ceremony an official statement from Gov. Dannel Malloy was read and presented to Turechek. Along with his badge and medal, Turechek also received a letter from the National Scout Executive congratulating him on his efforts and continuation of scouting in his family.

Shelton's Mayor Mark Lauretti presented Turechek with an eagle statue from the city and an official certificate commemorating his achievements. During the presentation Lauretti noted that in his 20 years of attending Eagle Scout court of honors this was the first time he was able to recognized a third generation Eagle Scout. Turechek also received congratulations from President Barrack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

Turechek started scouting with Pack 27 where he earned the Arrow of Light which is the highest Cub Scout award that can be earned. While a Boy Scout with Troop 27, Christopher has earned 42 merit badges. He has attended seven weeks at Housatonic Councils camp Strang in Goshen, journeyed to Sea Base in Key West, Fla. to spend a week sailing and snorkeling the reefs. This summer Christopher will join a trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where he will spend 12 days backpacking through the New Mexico wilderness.

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. Christopher's project was to apply special reflective tape to fire hydrants. The reflective tape allows fire fighters to locate hydrants faster at night or in bad weather. The fire hydrants are no longer hidden along the side of the road but instead light up with a blue streak when headlights hit them.

Christopher is the son of Maria and Frank Turechek and just completed his freshman year with high honors at Shelton High School.

Boy Scout Troop 27 is sponsored by St. Paul's Church in Huntington and meets on Friday evenings at the White Hills Recreation Center. Troop 27 has 40 members and is part of the Boy Scouts of America's Housatonic Council. Troop 27 can be contacted at for information on joining and other troop activities.