Troop 260 is proud to congratulate Daniel Craig and Keith James (KJ) Griswold, Jr., on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Troops 260 and 262 celebrated Daniel and KJ at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Both young men exemplify these scouting ideals throughout their lives.
Daniel has well over 90 camping nights with the troop. He has attended many urban navigation events through the U.S. and as well as internationally in Montreal and Italy. He’s canoed the Allagash Waterway three times plus attended canoe trips in Conn. and New York. He’s hiked multiple sections of the Appalachian trail plus numerous miles of other trails throughout Conn. and Mass. Most recently he attended the troop’s first international trip to Italy.
Daniel has been an exemplary scout and role model. He started in scouts as a Cub with Pack 266. He earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 260 in March of 2017. He was Senior Patrol Leader from 2019 to 2022 and is currently a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and President of Venturing Crew 261. He also has numerous awards and accolades including National Outdoor Achievement Award, World Conservation, Eagle Palm Pin, Founders Bar, Blue Nose, and is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.
As part of Daniel’s trail to Eagle he earned the necessary 14 Eagle required merit badges plus 16 elective badges. For Daniel’s Eagle Service Project, he led a team to build eight raised garden beds at Suffield Community Aid. These beds were constructed to supplement the SCA’s Meals on Wheels program with fresh vegetables during the growing season. An Eagle Scout Service Project is an opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of their community.
Daniel is more than just a scout; he is an honor student and active band participant. Daniel will graduate from Suffield High School this spring and hopes to attend college in the fall to study TV production and sports journalism.
KJ started in Scouts as a Cub with Pack 266. He earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 260 in March of 2016. KJ is an exceptional scout and was active within the Troop with over 40 nights of camping doing activities like multiple urban navigation, biking and hiking. He’s enjoyed canoeing the Allagash Waterway three times. KJ was Assistant Senior Patrol leader from 2022 to 2023. He also has numerous awards and accolades including the National Outdoor Achievement Award, World Conservation and Bluenose.
KJ graduated from Suffield High School in 2023. He currently studies at UCONN and is majoring in music education.
As part of K.J.’s trail to Eagle he earned the necessary 14 Eagle required merit badges plus 11 elective badges. For KJ’s Eagle Service Project, he led a team to build a permanent picnic table with rain fly support on Kings Island for those that travel the waters of the Connecticut River to stop and enjoy.
Another part of the Trail is the Eagle Service Project. The goal of the project is for the candidate to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of their community.
For his Eagle Service Project, Daniel led a team to build eight raised garden beds at Suffield Community Aid. These beds were constructed to allow the Suffield Garden Club to supplement the SCA’s Meals on Wheels program with fresh vegetables during the growing season.
Eagle is the highest attainable rank in the Scouts BSA program. Achieving this goal is no small feat; only 4% of Scouts persevere to attain the rank of Eagle. These young men have showed they have the fortitude and ability to lead and be positive citizens. There is no doubt they will do great things in the future.