OAKVILLE — Griffin Relyea, son of Chris and Autumn Relyea of Oakville, received the Eagle Scout badge at a special Court of Honor on Saturday, December 22 at Union Congregational Church. The Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America, and in Griffin’s case, it represents a journey he started in first grade. It was then that he attended an open house for scouting and saw photos of scouts in Troop 52 sailing in the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas. He told his parents that he wanted to do that someday.
He joined Cub Scout Pack 52, earned his Arrow of Light, and crossed over to Troop 52 at the age of eleven.
Griffin was an active scout, partly because he loved the challenge of the outdoors. He participated in many monthly hikes and camping trips, and three high adventure trips. Those included a week of climbing, paddling, cycling, and hiking in Acadia National Park in Maine, 10 days of back packing in the mountains of Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and a sailing trip while living on a boat in the Bahamas.
A graduate of Watertown High School, Griffin recently completed basic training with the Watertown Fire Department and plans to attend college.
Master of Ceremonies for the Court of Honor was the troop’s Senior Patrol Leader Jaiden Carter. Scoutmaster Nikolai Oun led the badge presentation. Speaking on Griffin’s behalf were his friends Ryan Robinson and Christopher Sullivan. Past Scoutmaster Allan W. Dodge gave the Eagle Scout Charge.
During his speech, Griffin spoke about how through scouting, community service became a part of his life. His parents encouraged and supported him in numerous projects, including the annual Scouting for Food drive. The Relyea family often went above and beyond by covering multiple neighborhood routes. Griffin challenged his fellow scouts to follow his lead.
The ceremony was concluded with the troop singing by candlelight and was followed by a buffet meal provided by the troop families. Boy Scout Troop 52 meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 167 Buckingham Street, Oakville.