What made the court of honor particularly unique was that the four scouts waited for each other to achieve the rank before holding the celebration. The scouts wanted to share their day with each other. Troop 131 Scoutmaster Alan Plantamura commented on this explaining to friends and family of the scouts that the four already were Eagle Scouts, and today was just when they were being recognized for earning the distinction. “These four have been together for well over 10 years…from the beginning as Tiger Scouts,” Plantamura explained. “It was selfless of them to wait for the others to achieve Eagle.”
It takes years of dedication to earn the rank of Eagle and only 7 percent of all boys that enter scouting will make it. The requirements are challenging and touch upon leadership, service, and outdoor skills. The scouts need to earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate mastery of a wide variety of scouting skills. They also must hold positions of leadership within the Troop and organize an extensive service project that benefits the community.
The new Eagle scouts each spearheaded unique projects at very different locations in the community.
Turner created a walking trail at Wrentham’s Senior Center. He managed a team of volunteers that built a paved path that runs 1/15th of a mile. A bench was added for resting and bird watching. In total, the entire project took more than 100 volunteer hours to accomplish.
Pazurchek spent eight months, with 150 total volunteer hours on his project, working on trails around Wrentham Elementary Schools. He created one new path between the schools and the ball fields and also cleared two existing paths. Erosion control steps were installed, a walkway over a wet area was constructed, and mulch was added.
Both O’Rourkes worked on project at Birchwald Conservation Area. William cleared an area of invasive plants at Birchwald Conservation Area and built three large bat houses. Patrick built a trail with a water crossing and connected two existing trails. Both projects emphasized the O'Rourkes love of the outdoors.
Representing the town, Joseph Botaish, chair of the Board of Selectmen, noted that all four projects would never have happened without the efforts of the four scouts. “Each one has made a contribution to the community that we couldn’t afford to do,” he explained.
State Senator Richard Ross thanked the parents for their efforts in raising the Eagle Scouts and noted that the accomplishment was significant. He also said that people will always look for these scouts to fill leadership roles. “Scouting is a tough road to choose,” he explained. “I never made Eagle and I always regretted it.”
Each scout spoke reminiscing about their scouting careers and thanked troop leaders and individual mentors. The scouts also thanked their parents for their support during their journeys. “Thank you, Mom and Dad, for all your hard work and help,” Patrick O’Rourke said. “I could not have gotten this far without you.”
William O’Rourke also credited his parents with pushing him towards the rank. “I would not have made it this far,” he said.
Pazurchek remembered the opportunities he had to demonstrate leadership, how he learned the importance of nature, and thanked everyone that guided him, especially his parents. He added, “My family has always been there and supported me.”
Turner thanked his parents for their help throughout his scouting days and made a special presentation to the women that helped him on his journey from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts by calling them up and presenting each with a flower.
Plantamura said that these four scouts were a key part of Troop 131. “These four are really the core group of Troop 131,” he said. “They have shown their honor and skills throughout their program.”
Turner graduated from King Philip this past June and will attend University of Massachusetts to study electrical engineering. Pazurchek will be a senior King Philip Regional High School and plans to pursue a career in medicine. Patrick O’Rourke will be a junior at KP and is thinking about college, while William O’Rourke will be a junior at Tri-County Regional Vocational High School studying construction craft and is also looking forward to college.