Steven Spielberg earned the highest rank in Boy Scouting. So did astronaut Neil Armstrong, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the current United State secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. Earlier this month, Verona High School junior Philip Chivily joined this exclusive group.
Verona Boy Scout Troop 2 held a Court of Honor ceremony for Chivily at First Congregational Church, which was attended by family, friends, current troop members, many of Verona’s previous Eagle Scouts and Verona Township Manager Matthew Cavallo, who is also an Eagle Scout.
Chivily has moved steadily through the ranks of scouting over the years and completed 33 merit badges on his way to Eagle rank, well more than the minimum 21 that are required. At VHS, where he has been nominated for inclusion in the National Honor Society and History Honor Society, Chivily runs track and cross country, and is involved in student government, the chess club and Greek mythology club. A past participant in Heroes and Cool Kids, which sends high school mentors to work with fifth-grade students, Chivily is now part of Peer Leadership, which provides mentoring for VHS freshmen. Chivily’s Eagle Scout service project was building protective radiator covers and making the bunk beds safer at Mission House, a short-term shelter for homeless families in Essex County that is run by the Park United Methodist Church in Montclair.
“Becoming an Eagle Scout was a goal of mine when I first got involved in scouting,” Chivily told those gathered, but he said it was the journey toward that goal, and not the badges, that mattered most. “The memories I have of me hiking through the woods, canoeing on a lake, sitting around a campfire, and the skills I have learned through scouting have made me into the person I am today and helped me become an Eagle Scout.”
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