Rep. O’Neill Congratulates Southbury’s Newest Eagle Scouts

Posted on August 1, 2018 by admin


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Last weekend, State Representative Arthur O’Neill was honored to attend the Courts of Honor for Southbury’s two newest Eagle Scouts!

During weekend ceremonies, John Henry Masi and Aidan William Garrity were promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout after completing the rigorous qualifications process.  Eagle Scout is the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America program with only about 5 percent of Scouts achieving the rank.  According to the Boy Scouts of America, to be eligible for Eagle Scout the scout must be active in the troop for a period of at least six months after achieving the rank of Life Scout, demonstrate that they live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, earn a total of 21 merit badges and complete an Eagle Project.

Masi, who goes by the nickname “Johnny”, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 60 in Southbury. He completed his Eagle Scout project by installing a flagpole at Ballantine Park late last year.  With help from family and other scouts, Masi and crew dug a foundation for the flagpole, ran wiring for a light and landscaped the area near the Pomperaug Youth Softball League.

Garrity, a member of Southbury Troop 162 redeveloped a small artificial pond and the surrounding area for the Bent of the River Audubon Center. The pond, located in front of the bird-watching barn was overgrown with weeds and debris, clogged with silt and missing a pump system, before he and a team of volunteers set to work.

The Garrity family is no stranger to Scouting. His father Mike is Scout Master Emeritus and his mother Gari is in charge of Scout training.

Eagle Scout Johnny Masi and State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

Eagle Scout Aidan Garrity is congratulated by State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

From left – Dad Matt Masi, Eagle Scout Johnny Masi, sister Lily Masi, sister Heather Fabian, mom Jennifer Masi and and State Rep. Arthur O’Neill

From left – Gari and Mike Garrity, their son, and Eagle Scout, Aidan Garrity and State Rep. Arthur O’Neill