Six Boy Scouts from Troop 2 fly up to Eagle

Six Boy Scouts from Troop 2 fly up to Eagle
Bottom Row: Arturo Hernandez, Reedy Monahan, Reid Hampton. Top Row: John Wright Stanly. Mason Doherty, James Monteleone

Six Boy Scouts from Troop 2, which meets at St. Johns Presbyterian Church received their Eagle award during a special ceremony Jan. 26. Those who were honored were Mason Doherty, Reid Hampton, Arturo Hernandez, Reedy Monahan, James Monteleone and John Wright Stanly.

A senior at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Doherty has loved the experiences and friendships afforded him by his association with Troop 2. He has participated in numerous “high adventure” trips to National Parks in the US as well as Philmont Scout ranch with adults and older Scouts from Troop 2. For his Eagle project, he repaired large sections of fencing at the Clay County Soccer Club fields and repainted all fencing surrounding the complex. He had great support from his fellow Scouts and friends who assisted in the effort. As a soccer player at Clay County, he enjoyed the chance to impact a facility that has been a large part of his sporting life. Doherty said his favorite scout memory was getting lost while climbing the Tooth of Time in Philmont Scout Ranch, NM. “We ended up climbing almost vertically up a cliff and over an entire rock field, basically blazing our own trail, but we finally reached the summit. Even though we were completely lost, and it was a risky and terrifying climb, it was the best view I have ever seen in my entire life,” he said.

Hampton is a senior at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, where he is a captain and six-year varsity wrestler, and a member of the rowing team. He began scouting at an early age when he joined Troop 2’s Cub Pack, achieving his Arrow of Light, and then crossing over into the troop itself. His Eagle project involved hand-stripping and refinishing the floors in two youth rooms at Riverside Park United Methodist Church. Due to the complexity of the project, Hampton organized, scheduled and led work crews from Troop 2, his wrestling team, his rowing team and his peer group, in order to complete the project.  His favorite scout memory is from his trip to Northern Tier, a Boy Scout high adventure canoeing trek in the wilderness of Manitoba, Canada. Early one morning his crew set off before the sun rose. As they paddled along in the early morning hours, he said he noticed how the beautiful, pristine landscape around him reflected off the water. He then witnessed the most magnificent sunrise he had even seen. He said he will forever remember this wonderful experience, as well as the great friends and experiences that scouting and Troop 2 have provided him.

Hernandez graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 2019 and is currently attending FCCJ. His Eagle project was restoring a shed at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. The church generously allows the troop to store a majority of its camping gear and supplies in the shed outside of the church’s main building. His project was to repaint and fix some of the siding of the building since some pieces of wood were rotting. Like his friend Doherty, Hernandez’s favorite scout memory is getting lost climbing the Tooth of Time in Philmont Scout Ranch, NM, and he agreed that the vertical climb to the summit was risky but provided the best view he had ever seen in his entire life.

Monahan is a senior at Bishop Kenny High School  where he is a captain of the varsity sailing team and on the varsity golf team.  His Eagle project involved building a fence for Navy Ortega Lakeshore (NOL) Little League at NAS, where he played baseball for many years. His favorite scout memory is attending the high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  Especially memorable was having a snowball fight on the second highest peak, Mt. Phillips, at an elevation of almost 12,000 ft.

Monteleone attends Bishop John J. Snyder High School and is a member of the school’s golf team and team manager for the soccer team. He is also a member of the North Florida Junior Golf League and plays tournaments most weekends. For his Eagle Scout project, Monteleone built two handicap-accessible picnic tables for the Willowbranch Rose Garden located on Park Street. He was able to get the materials donated for the project, and with the help of Scoutmaster Alan Wilson, Barry Burton, his dad and fellow scouts, built and installed the tables in the community garden. Monteleone has a few scouting memories that really stand out. He really enjoyed the North Carolina summer trips, especially going down Sliding Rock, white water rafting, and the Dillard House food eating competitions. He received his scuba diving certification and attended the Boys Scouts Sea Base in the Florida Keys on two separate occasions. Another favorite experience was attending the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in 2017.

Wright Stanly is a senior at Stanton College Preparatory School. Throughout his years at Troop 2, his enjoyed the friendships he’s made with his fellow scouts and the mentorship he received from the adult leaders of the troop. For his Eagle project, he cleaned up the surrounding landscape, replaced the siding, and painted a shed at his church, St. John’s Presbyterian. His favorite scouting memory was white water kayaking in North Carolina on the troop’s annual summer trip. In addition to scouting, he enjoys running for Stanton’s cross-country team and participating in student government.

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