At a recent Troop 1 Court of Honor, Anthony Paone received his Eagle Scout Award at the Malta Town Hall. Paone is the son of Kim and Joe Paone of Malta and a member of Troop 1, which has continually been sponsored by Ballston Spa United Methodist Church since 1913.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank a scout has to master numerous scout skills and demonstrate leadership skills and citizenship. A scout must earn 21 merit badges, perform many hours of community service and have held leadership positions in the troop. Finally, a scout has to plan, organize and supervise a major service project that will benefit a chosen organization and that demonstrates the scout’s leadership and organization skills. Many times, the scout’s and volunteers’ time put into the project exceeds 100 hours.
Paone’s Eagle Scout project was to coordinate and install sidewalks that surround the Veteran’s Memorial at the Malta Town Hall Complex. Two stone benches and plantings were placed around the memorial to make the memorial handicap-accessible and inviting.
His Scouting career began when he was a Tiger Cub in Pack 25, which is sponsored by St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He crossed over into Boy Scouts Troop 1 in 2007.
Paone attended the 2013 National Jamboree at Camp Summit in West Virginia. He also was elected to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on Scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting.
A sophomore at Ballston Spa High School, Paone is the starting attack on the junior varsity lacrosse team and a member of the ski club. Outside of school, he plays lacrosse, does mountain biking and water skis.
Paone comes from a family of Eagle Scouts: His father, Joe; his uncle, John; and his brother, Nick, have all earned the Eagle Scout Award.
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