Troop 61 honors newest Eagles

There comes a time in some Boy Scouts' lives when they decide they want to fly.

Two scouts did just that during an Eagle Ceremony on June 3 at Waterman Elementary School in Skaneateles. Byron Lee and Colgan McNeil were honored during the Boy Scout Troop 61 Spring Court of Honor and received their status as the troop's newest Eagle Scouts.

"Both of their projects were really fantastic projects," said Scoutmaster Bob Sheppard.

McNeil, who just finished his freshman year at Hofstra University on Long Island, worked with high school drama teacher Mickey Kringer to organize the prop room. Lee, an actor at heart, built an outdoor stage and production area at the Jowonio School in Syracuse.

"Jowonio was a preschool experience for me," Lee said. "I had wanted to try and repay them for helping me go through my very first years of school."

With a crew of about 20 people, many of whom were fellow scouts, Lee was able to build the outdoor stage and seating for the students at Jowonio. He said it was one of the most attended Eagle Scout projects that he was aware of.

In regard to earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Lee said he was excited, but also "just being involved with scouting and my entire school experience has been phenomenal."

"Since I've achieved this, I feel I've achieved one of the greatest goals of my life," he added.

To Lee, becoming an Eagle Scout is a great honor for any young man to achieve. He said the only difference between an Eagle Scout and the other ranks are effort and persistence.

"If any Boy Scout dreams of becoming an Eagle Scout, he can achieve that goal if he tries hard enough," Lee said.

Both Lee and McNeil have been involved in the scouting program since they were about 7 years old.

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