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Local teen achieves Eagle Scout rank



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November 19, 2020
BRISTOL — Isaac Robert, a member of Scout Troop 59 from Bristol, has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

Robert, 14, began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 59 and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light.

As a member of Troop 59, Robert has held numerous leadership positions including Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Den Chief for Pack 59. He has earned 47 merit badges, 5 Eagle Palms, the Mile Swim Award on two occasions, BSA Kayaking, and Outdoor Camping Award. He was inducted into the Passaconaway Lodge Chapter of the Order of the Arrow in 2018 and earned Brotherhood Membership in 2019.

Robert has attended many camp outings at Griswold Scout Reservation and Camp Carpenter and is always looking for new adventures with his troop. He looks forward to being on staff in future summers to help foster scouting spirit among younger scouts. He has been fortunate to attend several state-wide Jamborees. One of his most memorable adventures was hiking the first 15 miles of the Appalachian Trail starting at the New Hampshire/Vermont border.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Robert, as a student in the Newfound Area School District, wanted to give back to the Newfound Community. His Eagle Project, known as, 'Befriending Benches,' was designed, built, and installed at each of the elementary schools in the Newfound Area School District. The benches, sitting feet long, were created out of a need that Isaac recognized to help elementary students interact with their peers and to aid in the development of their social-emotional skills. In addition to these benches, he had originally planned to hold a small assembly at each school. Due to the pandemic and schools being remote, Isaac was forced to pivot and instead created a personalized YouTube video for each school that introduced himself, the intent of the project, and how the benches could be used when school started back in person post-pandemic. Under his direction, scouts, peers, and adult volunteers completed the project that took more than 150 man-hours.

Robert is a freshman at Newfound Regional High School and looks to continue to find new adventures to try. He reached his goal of Eagle on July 5, and received his Eagle badge during a court of honor ceremony on Nov. 7.

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