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Cameron Hopkins, Milford’ Newest Eagle Scout

Cameron B. Hopkins

Cameron B. Hopkins of Milford was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle Scout Merit Badge during a Court of Honor at the Milford First United Methodist Church on January 2. Cameron is the 106th member of Troop 2 Milford to receive the Eagle Badge, the highest award in Boy Scouting.

Eagle Scout candidates must be active in their Boy Scout troops, hold multiple leadership positions, and demonstrate Scout spirit along with earning 29 merit badges and completing an Eagle Scout project. Cameron's Eagle project was the construction on an outdoor sanctuary for 40 people in the backyard of the First United Methodist Church. The site was excavated and leveled; concrete forms for walkways were laid out; and holes for concrete posts were drilled. Varney Bros. Concrete of Bellingham donated the concrete, which Scouts and volunteer parents shaped into a walkway and post footings for benches plus a platform for the speaker's podium. Ten 12-foot long benches were constructed from wood donated by New England Lumber of Norwood and members of the Troop. Supplies and pizzas were purchased from donations from the church membership and Scout parents. Over 300 man-hours of labor were expended during 18 months to create a permanent space for parishioners to worship during the summer.

Cameron's Eagle Scout Court of Honor included former Troop 2 Scoutmaster Ralph Ferraro, who was the emcee; Reverend Dorothy Asare, Minister of the First United Methodist Church, who gave the blessing; Ray Hirx, of the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who declared the Court of Honor convened; Troopmaster Jack Armata, who presented the Eagle Scout patch and neckerchief; and members of Troop 2.

Bryant L. Hopkins Jr. of Arlington Va., Cameron's grandfather, escorted him to the podium where he was pinned by his parents Cheryl and Bryant Hopkins III of Milford. State Sen. Richard Moore, D. Uxbridge, and State Rep. John Fernandes, D. Milford presented congratulations from their respective legislative bodies.

Cameron spoke of his memories of Scouting and how it helped him to mature. Cameron thanked Sarah Mackenzie, widow of Cub Scout Packmaster Ed Mackenzie, and his Den Leader parents for making Cub Scouts a fantastic experience for him for four years, and Ferraro for his help during his years in Troop 2.

Cameron presented Armata with the Eagle Scout Mentor's Pin, a gift from an Eagle Scout to the person who was most responsible for helping the boy to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. The audience applauded Armata, who will be retiring as Troop 2 Scoutmaster after seven years.

Cameron has been a member of Troop 2 for seven years, serving as assistant patrol leader, assistant chaplain, photographer, and scribe. He graduated from Milford High School in 2010 and attends George Washington University in Washington D.C. where he is a Criminal Justice Major and was recently featured in a report by the BBC on the University's new Quidditch team that recently participated in the World Quidditch Championship. Cameron looks forward to joining the Troop on its trip to Scotland during the summer of 2011.


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