DANBURY, Conn. -- Sean Roberts, a Danbury 18-year-old who recently become an Eagle Scout, says, "Being an Eagle Scout taught me life lessons such as to respect others, eat better and always be thankful for what I have."
Sean was one of five Eagle Scout and four Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from Danbury who were honored last week, along with their families, at the Danbury Exchange Club as part of the club's annual Scouting recognition dinner.
The event took place at Anthony's Lake Club in the Americo Vespucci Lodge on Lake Kenosia in Danbury. About 40 people were in attendance.
In addition to Roberts, the honored Scouts in attendance included Ryan Fox, Thomas Haessler and Lauren Guiry. Recognized Scouts but not present were Michael Gavlik, Matthew O'Donnell, Malaina Foss and Danielle Charlotte-Rose Morrill.
An Eagle Scout is the highest advancement in Boy Scouting, and the Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Aside from enjoying a full course dinner, each of the Scouts received an engraved plaque, as well as Danbury Exchange Club and State of Connecticut flags. They also spoke individually about what they got out of the Scouting program and how they feel Scouting has impacted their lives and future goals.
"I learned about the importance of community service," said Guiry, 18, of Danbury. "Some types of community service my troop took part in was babysitting at PTO meetings and cleaning up litter at Candlewood Lake for Clean City Danbury Day. She is a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
The Danbury Exchange Club Foundation is part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to service in the community. The foundation depends primarily upon contributions from individuals and businesses to support its programs.
According to Club President Bill Murphy, the Danbury Exchange Club was chartered in 1947 and has been honoring Scouts for over 30 years. The Danbury Exchange Club is made up of approximately 40 members.
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