FRAMINGHAM – Francisco Kelley, a member of the Boy Scout Troop #12, has earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain this prestigious honor.
Kelley, 17, a Framingham High student, achieved the 21 merit badges required to receive the Eagle Scout award.
For his final project he built a trail kiosk at Macomber Woods in Framingham.
Kelley moved and refurbished the smaller, older sign on the property to Arthur Morency Woods. He also restored a bench at Macomber Woods.
He hopes that his project will improve the experience that visitors to Macomber Woods and Arthur Morency Woods have when they visit the two properties by ensuring that they understand the rich histories of the properties and know their way around them.
“I’d like to thank the scouts and adults who helped me assemble the kiosk at my workday and those who helped me with my project at other stages. I’d especially like to thank Mr. Geiser, Mr. Moore and Mr. Smith from Troop 12, as well as Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. McArthur from the Conservation Commission Office. I am grateful for the generous contributions to my project that I received from Carby’s Lumber and others. I am excited about the way that my kiosk will make a visit to Macomber Woods an easier, more informational experience,” said Kelley.
A ceremony honoring Kelley is scheduled to take place on February 26 at Plymouth Church. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
For 100 years, the mission of the Boy Scouts of America has been to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by teaching the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Since 1924, Troop 12 has been working with the youth of Framingham to carry out this mission by offering camping, canoeing, hiking, biking and other adventures while allowing the scouts to learn self-reliance and leadership.
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