Three Freehold Township Boy Scouts, Brian C. McGee, Michael Timothy McGuire and Ted Apostle have reached the highest rank in scouting; the Eagle Scout Honor.
Less than five percent of all those that begin the journey through Boy Scouting attain the honor, but three friends have made it through after beginning their scouting journey together as classmates in First Grade at the Joseph J. Catena School.
McGee’s Eagle project involved enhancing Freehold Township’s C. Richard Applegate School’s courtyard into an outside learning environment for the students and teachers. McGee’s project focused on the development and construction of a detailed Butterfly Garden Guide for students to learn from and be a catalyst of the school’s future Gardening Club.
McGuire and Apostle lead separate group’s of Boy Scouts with various improvements at the historic Oakley Farmhouse property located on Wemrock Road in Freehold Township. The Oakley Farmhouse, circa 1686 is a Nationally Registered Historical site, and one of the few houses that remained standing after the Battle of Monmouth.
McGuire’s project focused on improvements and various repairs to the Oakley Farm House woodshed including cutting and removing overgrowth surrounding the shed. The windows were re-glazed and the door’s hinges were replaced. Inside the shed, trash was removed, the dirt floor was leveled, and new shelving was installed.
Apostle’s project focused on improvements designed to widen the farm’s entrance way by disassembling, relocating and ultimately reassembling the “colonial-style” split rail fence that lines one side of the Farms entrance, thus creating an accessible, spacious pathway to the Farm as well as the construction of a decorative, colonel period Arbor. The Arbor and its associated benches were constructed of native cedar wood and saplings in order to give it a genuine, rustic feel.
In recognition of their accomplishments, each of the boy’s will receive commendations from the governing body of the Township of Freehold and the New Jersey Legislature recognizing their accomplishments. This event will begin at 2:30 pm in the Saint Rose of Lima Chapel, with the presentation of the Colors by the Colts Neck Junior ROTC Color Guard, and New Jersey Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R–Monmouth, leading attendees in a salute to the flag.