BALLSTON SPA – Colin McDonough of Boy Scout Troop 2, Ballston Spa, achieved Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, this past summer and will be recognized for his accomplishment at a Court of Honor at Christ Episcopal Church on Oct. 22.
In his pursuit of attaining Eagle, Colin dedicated 12 years to learning and practicing life-long skills and volunteered countless hours of time to community service and activity.
He joined Cub Scout Pack 1, Ballston Spa, in first grade, received his Arrow of Light, and continued scouting with Boy Scout Troop 2, Ballston Spa. Colin earned 25 merit badges, is skilled in long-trip backpacking, canoeing and hiking, and is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow, a fraternal organization that recognizes scouts who best exemplify the Scout oath and law.
His three most notable high adventure experiences were a 10-day, 95-mile canoe trip on the Allagash River in northern Maine this past summer, a five-day backpacking trip in the Cranberry Lakes region of the Adirondacks, and as a very young Scout a two-day trip where he hiked to Lake Colden, set up camp, and then hiked Algonquin Mountain.
He has helped maintain parts of the Wilkinson Trail at the Historic Saratoga Battlefield as a member of Troop 2 and their commitment to community service. Colin held Troop positions of Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Webmaster.
Colin worked steadily for nine months on his Eagle Scout Service Project demonstrating his leadership and communication skills. He met with the town of Ballston Parks Department and members of the Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood to improve the safety and accessibility of a creek crossing on one of their trails in the park.
He designed a new bridge, secured materials, and led a group of Scouts to remove a dilapidated bridge and build a new structure in its place. The new bridge features tightly spaced decking, handrails and ramps. Colin overcame the challenges that the project site presented: it is located almost one mile deep into the trail system and all materials had to be hand carried in and out over rough terrain and bridges; all materials had to be precisely pre-cut off-site due to no electricity in the woods; and building a bridge over water making sure everyone was safe and did not fall into the creek. The bridge was built in November 2017.
Colin carries on a long family tradition of scouting in the Ballston Spa-Saratoga-Glens Falls area. Colin’s brother, Drake, is an Eagle Scout as well as his father, Eric, who is also a former Den Leader of Pack 1 and is a Leader in Troop 2. Colin’s uncle, Bruce McDonough, is an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster of Troop 11 in Saratoga Springs. Colin’s grandfather, Robert McDonough, was a Scout in Saratoga Springs and Scoutmaster of Troop 6 in Glens Falls. Colin’s great uncle, John (Jack) L. Davison, Jr., originally from Saratoga Springs is an Eagle Scout and Colin’s great grandfather, John L. Davison, Sr. and his father, Ralph H. Davison were both Scouts.
Colin is a senior at Ballston Spa High School and expects to graduate in June with an advanced NYS Regents Diploma. He enjoys rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, playing the cello and computer games. He plans to study computer sciences in the fall.