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Roxbury youth reaches rank of Eagle Scout

Roxbury resident Ken Schwemmer has earned the Eagle Scout rank.
Ken Schwemmer started his scouting career as a Wolf Scout in Pack 188 Landing, NJ in 2006. Ken came into the Pack a year behind everyone else, so he was very motivated to rise through the ranks. Ken earned his Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouts, and crossed over to Landing Boy Scout Troop 188 in 2010. This is where he really began his journey to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Ken enjoyed learning all the skills and requirements to advance in Scouting. Ken became known for his enthusiasm and willingness to help whenever needed. When Ken achieved the First Class rank, he was nominated to join the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Ken went through his Ordeal weekend in the fall of 2011 and became an Arrowman. Ken enjoyed the Order of the Arrow and earned Brotherhood in the fall of 2012. Ken has continued his involvement within the Order of the Arrow and currently holds the office of Vice Chief of Administration. Ken was “tapped out” in January of 2015 for the honor of Vigil, the highest honor that can be bestowed in the Order of the Arrow.
Ken was invited to become part of the Youth Executive Committee at Patriot’s Path Council in 2013. Ken joined and now holds the position of Assistant Vice President of Service. Ken was the chairman of the Annual Black Friday Blood drive, Cedar Knolls location in 2014.
At the age of 15, Ken decided to apply and work at Sabattis Adventure Camp in Long Lake, New York. Sabattis is Patriot Path Council’s High Adventure Camp, a 6 hour drive away from home. Ken was hired and spent his first year working in the kitchen. Ken went back the following summer in the position of Counselor of Scout Crafts, which included Geocaching and Wood Carving. In his free time at camp, Ken was able to complete all the requirements to get his certification for BSA Lifeguard.
Ken’s Eagle Scout project was the refurbishing of the boys locker room at Eisenhower Middle School in Succasunna, NJ. The project was a very large undertaking. Ken was able to paint the locker room with the school colors, redo the bathroom stall within the locker room, and install 80 storage cubbies for the boys to put their belongings in during class. The project took approximately 6 weeks and over 100 logged work hours.
Ken is currently a sophomore at Roxbury High School and will graduate in 2017. He has been active in the choir and Boy’s Track. Ken plans to pursue a history degree and go into education or politics. Ken lives in Landing, NJ with his mother, Teresa. Ken’s mother has been active with the troop his entire scouting experience and regularly serves on the advancement committee. Ken learned many of the important life skills to become a successful, active, and involved member of the community. Ken plans to stay with Troop 188 and become a Junior Assistant Scout Master and eventually stay involved as an adult. Ken stated “My 9 years of scouting has been fun, exciting, and educational. The person I am today is because of the scouting program, experiences, and friends I had through the years. I hope to continue to give back to the community because Scouting has taught me the true value of what is important in life, family, friends, and community.”

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