On Sunday, December 23rd, Daniel Millea '21 became the 48th Eagle Scout from Our Lady of Victory's Troop 909. The ceremony, held in the Convocation Center, included current scouts, current and former leaders, and was attended by family and friends.
Only 2% of all Scouts attain the rank of Eagle. To attain the rank, the scout must be a leader, and must plan, develop, give direction and obtain the assistance of others in a project of help to any religious group or community. Daniel's project entailed building wooden benches that could be used by patrons of Delhi Township Parks & Recreation while enjoying its various spaces, trails and floral gardens.
The work involved obtaining the approval of the Director of Parks & Recreation, Mr. Josh Torbeck, and seeking his input on the size and dimensions of the benches. Once approved in concept, Daniel planned the specifications for the benches and identified the materials needed. Mr. Art Reckman, a long-time friend of Scouting, generously offered to source the wood from his own land, and provide access to tools and other materials from his workshop for the actual construction. On May 12, 2018, Daniel assembled a group of 17 volunteers tasked with building a total of six benches. In a little under four hours, the group had drilled, hammered, sanded, assembled and stained each of the benches, after which it was necessary to allow the stain to cure for a few days. The benches were then transported by volunteers to the Delhi Park Maintenance Depot, to await installation by park staff, under the direction of Mr. Torbeck. The benches are now in place and can be enjoyed by park patrons in such locations as the Children's PlayScape and the Floral Gardens.