He continues a Flynn family tradition

| 29 Sep 2011 | 02:21

Boy Scout Troop 97 of Sussex-Wantage celebrated its newest Eagle Scout at a recent Eagle Court of Honor. Richard N. Flynn received the Eagle Scout award, the highest honor given a scout by the Boy Scouts of America. Richard is among the second generation of the Flynn family to attain the Eagle rank. Each of his father’s brothers — all six of them — also attained their Eagle rank by the age of 18. In addition, several of Richard’s cousins have either attained or are working on their Eagle rank. His father, also Richard, is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 97 and has been an active member of Boy Scouting since 1996. The Eagle Scout award is a performance-based award achieved by about five percent of boys entering Scouting. The Eagle Court of Honor spotlights Richard’s scouting achievements through each of the Boy Scout ranks on his path to his Eagle. Boy Scouts have until their 18th birthday to earn the Eagle Scout award and must complete a number of merit badges on citizenship, camping, first aid, personal fitness and others. The Scout must then complete a service project which helps the community and demonstrates leadership. Richard’s community service project consisted of landscaping a courtyard at High Point Regional High School that had fallen into disrepair. To accomplish his project, Richard enlisted the help of fellow Scouts and leaders and acquired donations of plants and landscape materials from local businesses. Richard has been in Scouting since 1996. He’s earned 24 Boy Scout merit badges and has held numerous leadership positions. Richard has enjoyed camping with the Scouts and has attended summer camp with the troop and has been an active participant in community service projects. Richard is a 2008 graduate of High Point High School and attends Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa.