Will Bonnell- Eagle Project

Will Bonnell

William was born in 2000 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He moved with his parents, and sister to Brentwood, California where his love for the ocean, hiking and the serenity of the out doors began. While in California William received a behind the scenes tour of the Rose Bowl floats by an Eagle Scout who had the honor of marching in the much celebrated parade. William asked endless questions about scouting and inquired about every brightly colored badge that adorned the young mans uniform-from that point on William set his goal to also becoming an Eagle Scout.

William would look forward to every scout meeting after school and then reenact the folding and unfolding of the flag or newly learned knot, all week. He and his father would build, sand and paint the pinewood derby car each year and race it with excitement. He earned the Arrow of Light and crossed over to troop 174 at age 11. He loved all the campouts, often racing there in the middle of the night after a baseball or theater performance. Volunteering through scouting set the path for his unselfish volunteering as an adult. This was boldly apparent when he chose to help people with disabilities for his Eagle Scout Project. He continues to volunteer his talents in Unified sports, Unified theater and Special Olympics. A born competitor,  Adventure Race (4 hour race which includes: biking, orienteering, fire building, canoeing and running) was by far his favorite experience.  During a cold winter day of tree selling, William had the opportunity to talk at length to Mr. Fogle. William will be forever indebted to his “wise owl advice” for the encouragement and mentoring he bestowed on him that cold December day and throughout the remaining years. Mr. Fogle remained interested in William’s golf game, baseball, lacrosse, football and scouting advances. Mr. Fogle’s lived the scouting code everyday of his life and encouraged William to complete all 21 Eagle scout badges.

William entered into scouting for the love of adventure but received a childhood full of friendships, memories and milestones that shaped him into the generous, compassionate, quick with a smile,  young man that he is today.

Rank Advancement
Scout03/21/12Star06/03/15
Tenderfoot05/31/13Life12/03/15
Second Class01/15/14Eagle
First Class09/17/14

 

Merit Badges Earned
Camping*First Aid*
ChessMusic
Citizenship in the Community*Orienteering
Citizenship in the Nation*Personal Fitness
Citizenship in World*Personal Management
Communication*Snow Sports
Cooking*Sports
Disability AwarenessSustainability
Emergency PreparationSwimming*
Family Life*Theater
Fingerprinting
* Eagle Required

Eagle Project

William has been an active long time volunteer in the Simsbury School district Unified Sports and Unified Theater. One summer while talking to a parent with a student in the program, William found out about a specific need that he was determined to fill. He immediately began making plans to meet with Ms.  Alaina Haley, the innovative Special Education teacher with a dream of a coffee card business for her class. Ms. Haley’s students are entitled to an education until the age of 21. The main focus of the current program involves a life skills curriculum and working inskills that best prepare these students for adulthood. Her dream of a coffee cart business embeds multiple life skills required to become an independent as possible adult.

William was instantly inspired, by the time summer ended. William had his ‘Unified Inclusion’ Eagle Scout project plan in place.

William organized his team of volunteers and during the 2016-2017 school year oversaw the progress on a series of needed procedures that supported the students coffee cart business. Each task created  was done with increasing the students independence in mind. Endless volunteer hours by his team created the visual book used by the students with step by step directions on use and breakdown of the coffee cart. Visual representation of money, cash box, withdrawal and deposit slips, inventory list and procedures to work with the coffee cart were all created to increase each student’s independence and easily follow. All items William created required required visual and hands on student interaction. William’s project significantly improved the independence of the class and set the footprint for each future class to follow. William is extremely proud of the positive impact his project had in the Special Education class at Simsbury High School and for students in years to come.

William would like to thank Diana Yeasley and her son Carter for inspiring him with you story of the coffee cart that needed someone like William to organize and plan the project. William would like to send a heartfelt note of gratitude to Alaina Haley and her class who gave him the unique opportunity to work side by side with them everyday, which was the most anticipated part of his Sophomore school day. A huge thank you to all the scout leaders from troop 174 who taught William through their examples, how to live by a superior Code of Conduct, especially Mr. Fogle and Mr. Burrows.

Lastly, William would like to thank his parents, his sister Katherine and grandparents, through their endless love and guidance he is a compassionate, respectful considerate leader today.

Michael Doyle- Eagle Project

Mike was born in 2002 in Farmington, Connecticut and has lived in Simsbury, Connecticut with his family since he was born. Mike has been a scout since age 6, when he began as a Tiger Cub in Pack 174 at Latimer Lane School. He earned the Arrow of Light and crossed over into Boy Scouts at age 11 in 2013. He then began his journey to Eagle under the leadership of John Burrows, Nathan Sornborger and now Rick Schulitz as Scoutmasters.

Over his years in scouting, Mike has has numerous roles with the troop. He has served as an assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and scribe. The last is a position he has held for three years. These roles, in addition to his rank work, have helped Mike learn about responsibility and leadership. Mike as has participated in many troop activities including Camp Workcoeman, patrol challenges, Appalachian Trail hikes, summer trips, Christmas tree sales, leaf rakes and his favorite outing at Onion Mountain. Mike has also participated with the 174 Venture Crew and traveled to Florida for a High Adventure experience at Sea Base where he spent a week on a sail boat and even caught a 5’ 5” shark. This fish tale is only one of the multitude of memories and stories that Mike has acculmulated from his involvement in Scouts. This summer, he will embark upon another experience: wilderness camping and canoeing in Ely, Canada at the Northern Tier High Adventure. He is certain to add another story or two to his repetoire.

Mike is currently a sophmore at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, where he has attended since sixth grade. Mike participates on the Varsity Robotics team at KO, is an alter server at St. Catherine’s Church and has given more than 250 hours of community service to the Community Farm of Simsbury. After high school, Mike plans to attend college where he would like to study engineering or mathematics.

Rank Advancement

Scout                     04/30/14

Tenderfoot           06/04/14

Second Class        01/21/15

First Class            06/03/15

Star                        01/20/16

Life                        09/14/16

Eagle                    09/05/17

Merit Badges Earned (* Eagle Required)

Astronomy

Aviation

Camping*

Chess

Citizenship in the Community*

Citizenship in the Nation*

Citizenship in the World*

Climbing

Communication*

Cooking*

Dog Care

Electronics

Emergency Preparation*

Family Life*

First Aid*

Music

Personal Fitness*

Personal Management*

Rifle Shooting

Scholarship

Snow Sports

Sustainability*

Swimming*

Wood Carving

Eagle Project

After all the time Mike has spent volunteering at the farm, it was a natural choice to want his eagle project to benefit the farm and as is typical of Mike, he sought out a challenging Eagle project there. He designed, planned, fund-raised, and oversaw the construction of a loafing shed at the Community Farm of Simsbury. The loafing shed is a three-walled structure that provides shade for the cows, sheep and alpaca in their paddock, as well as provide a place for the animals to be fed hay in a manger. It took eight months of work including gaining approval from the Board of Selectmen and Town Planning and raising over $1800 before Mike’s project proceeded from concept to conclusion.

Mike has many people he would like to thank for the success of his Eagle project. First, a big thanks goes to his uncle, Jeff Doyle, whose assistance was vital during planning and construction. A very special thanks goes to Jonni Marshall at the Community Farm of Simsbury, who gave Mike the opportunity to build the shed and supported this project every step of the way, including attending Board of Selectmen meetings to provide support. He would also like to recognize all of the people who donated money in support of the project. A huge round of appreciation goes to all the scouts and families who helped build and stain the shed, including Nick Beckius, the Coles, the Crokes, the Gaitmaitins, Chris Holland, the Kendricks, the Mylanders, Mr. Reichler, the Schulitzs, Nate Stockwell and Mr. Reichler and to Mr. Burrows for his guidance and encouragement at each stage of the project. Finally, a special note of gratitude is sent to Sanford and Hawley and Maher’s for their donations to the project.

Matt Locandro- Eagle Project

 

 

Matthew Locandro

Matthew Eric Locandro, born in Hartford in 1999, has grown up in Simsbury with his mom, dad, and sister Morgan. Matt attended St. Mary School, Squadron Line, Henry James, and is now a senior at Simsbury High School. He is excited about college, having been accepted to Franciscan University in OH, Gordon College in MA, and Siena College in NY.

Matt, joining cub scouts at Squadron Line in 2005, was excited to learn how to do everything outside and aspired to be an Eagle Scout just like his Dad and Uncle Will. Wearing his uniform in school to salute the flag during Pledge and building Pinewood Derby race cars were the highlights. Matt earned the Arrow of Light and the Ryan Duff Scout Spirit Award before crossing over to Troop 174 with Myles and Marshall Sornborger in March 2011. Matt had fun on his first campout, the Patrol Challenge, where he got to sleep outside in a tent with Andrew and cook his own food. From patrol challenges, to summers at Camp Workcoeman, to Halloween where Matt dressed as a Brownie Girl Scout, to the Adventure Race (a 4-hour race including biking, running, canoeing, orienteering, and fire building), to earning Ironman at Camp Workcoeman, to demonstrating NRA Pro Marksman skills, to the Klondike Derby where he degloved a pheasant, to riding in the back of Mr. Bitzer’s truck putting flags up for Memorial Day, to raking LOTS of leaves, to selling Christmas trees on a cold snowy days, to biking on Block Island and Cape Cod, to 3 ½ years as a Life Scout, and finally to an 82-mile trek at Philmont; Boy Scouts has truly helped shape and foster Matt’s sense of adventure, love of outdoors, and ability to become pretty self-sufficient.

Matt’s love of outdoors helped him earn money whether it be raking leaves, clearing snow, pumping gas & selling firewood at Camp Overflow, taking care of the greens at Hopmeadow Country Club, or his latest adventure of being a Liftie at Ski Sundown. If not studying or working, Matt has enjoyed running cross country and spring track at school and playing the bass clarinet in the band.

In addition to Scouts, another big part of who Matt is has been shaped by his faith. He is active in youth ministry with both Ignite at St. Mary and Collide at Valley Brook in Granby. His Catholic faith is strong, yet he loves the sense of community and fellowship with both youth and the ministry team at Valley Brook. He truly relies on both groups for prayers, love and support.

Rank Advancement

Scout                     03/30/11

Tenderfoot           05/25/11

Second Class        06/01/12

First Class             01/18/13

Star                        05/31/13

Life                         03/19/14

Eagle                     09/05/17

Merit Badges Earned (* Eagle Required)

Archery

Art

Camping*

Citizenship in the Community*

Citizenship in the Nation*

Citizenship in the World*

Communication*

Cooking*

Family Life*

Fingerprinting

First Aid*

Leatherwork

Lifesaving*

Personal Fitness*

Personal Management*

Rifle Shooting

Snow Sports

Sustainability*

Swimming*

Weather

Wilderness Survival

 

Eagle Project

Matt’s faith led him to his Eagle Project. His path to selecting a project started with plans to make a directional sign for a local farm, followed by meetings with Simsbury Free Bike to install mile markers on the Rails to Trails, moved to a rebuild of bicycle racks at his old elementary school, and finally pointed to working with the St Mary Youth Minister (Kathleen Keating) to build cabinets in the former preschool classroom being repurposed as a Teen Lounge.This was his passion, helping middle and high school students grow in faith at his home church. Matt wanted to bring the comforts he found at Valley Brook to what was once his preschool classroom. Matt had already been working with some of his close friends to support St. Mary youth and the concept of building cabinets for the Teen Lounge would be a perfect way to combine his love of Scouts with his faith. Matt will tell you his Eagle Scout project has been one of the hardest things he has ever done. He learned how to make a beautiful cabinet from several sheets of birch plywood while sharing this experience by leading 11 fellow scouts who were instrumental in helping complete this project. Matt is extremely proud of the finished project and is appreciative of all the support he received..

Matt would like to thank Mr. Mark Brady of Mark Brady Kitchens in Simsbury for being the foundation in making this project happen. Matt certainly would not have been able to construct the cabinet without Mark Brady’s guidance. Matt would like to thank his fellow scout families as well as his own family, his friends, and his fellow parishioners who provided financial support. You were another key piece in supporting this project. Thank you to Mr. Burrows, Mr. Sornborger, Mr. Doyle, Mr. Mylander, and Mr. Reichler, as well as Andrew Mylander, Joachim & Jared Gatmaitan, Greg Peach, Joe Lepak, Nate Stockwell, Mike Doyle, Will Bonnell, Nick & Kyle Beckius, and Chris Holland for your help with construction and installation. Matt is appreciative of the support and encouragement he received from Kathleen Keating, Fr. Frank Matera, Sage DeAngelis, Chris Rechen, and Peg Mancarella. Lastly, Matt appreciates the following local businesses who made generous donations to support this Eagle Project; Sanford & Hawley Lumber in Farmington, Maher’s Paint, and Bill Selig Jewelers in Simsbury.

Andrew Mylander- Eagle Project

Andrew Mylander

Andrew was born in 1999 in Rockville, Maryland. He moved to Simsbury, CT in 2004 with his Parents, Tom and Philippa and his younger sister Tess. Andrew has been an active member of Boy Scouts since joining Cub Scouts in first grade at Latimer Lane school. He has held various leadership roles including Senior Patrol Leader. Andrew graduated from Simsbury High School in June 2017. He is currently a Freshman at Gordon College in Wenham, Ma.

Soon after crossing over to Troop 174, Andrew went on an Appalachian Trail hike and campout and was hooked on scouting.  Since then he has participated in many trips including Philmont, white water rafting, Block Island, ziplining, ocean kayaking, biking (and late night hiking) on Cape Cod, and lots of hiking and camping. He also attended summer camp at Camp Workcoeman, patrol challenges, trips to West Point, rock climbing, and fundraisers such as Christmas tree sales and leaf raking.

Andrew earned 22 merit badges. His favorite merit badge was music, one of Andrew’s passions. One of the requirements was to build a musical instrument, so, with the help of Nathan Sornborger he built an electric guitar. We would also like to thank John Burrows for his guidance and encouragement.

Rank Advancement

Scout                     03/12/10

Tenderfoot           05/25/11

Second Class        03/25/12

First Class            01/18/13

Star                        09/18/13

Life                        02/24/16

Eagle                    06/07/17

Merit Badges Earned (* Eagle Required)

Camping*

Citizenship in the Community*

Citizenship in the Nation*

Citizenship in the World*

Climbing

Communication*

Cooking*

Electronics

Family Life*

Fingerprinting

First Aid*

Lifesaving*

Music

Personal Fitness*

Personal Management*

Rifle Shooting

Rowing

Shotgun Shooting

Snow Sports

Sustainability*

Swimming*

Wilderness Survival

Eagle Project

Tootin’ Hills Ga-ga Pit

Andrew’s Eagle Scout project was to build a ga-ga pit for Tootin’ Hills elementary school in Simsbury. Ga-ga is a game played with a ball in an octagonal ‘pit’ made of walls 12 feet long and 3 feet high. He worked with the Tootin Hills Principal Margaret Seidel and the school administration who ordered the materials.  Andrew and assisting scouts sealed the wooden wall boards and drilled the bolt holes.  They then transported the materials to the school and assembled the ga-ga pit in the school playground.

Eagle Scout Completes Project for Simsbury History

Ryan Lough, Simsbury Troop 174
Ryan Lough, Simsbury Troop 174

Ryan Lough, Simsbury Troop 174, redesigned and rebuilt stocks next to the Meeting House for his Eagle Project.

The stocks add to an understanding of life in Simsbury when the Meeting House served as both a place to worship and a place to govern — and of course,

Children of all ages love to try them out.

Thank you, Ryan!

Original article by the Simsbury Historical Society e-post: September 2012