Local Boy Scouts complete Eagle Scout projects

UPPER DUBLIN — State Rep. Todd Stephens, R-151, congratulates Troop 542 Boy Scouts Joseph “Peter” Wright, Zachery Rineer and Peter Decker on earning the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Supplee Presbyterian Church in Maple Glen.

During his Scouting career, Rineer earned 25 merit badges. During his tenure in the troop, he made nearly a dozen Scouting-related short films and promotional ads. His leadership positions including patrol leader, troop guide, lead instructor and assistant instructor.

For his Eagle project, Rineer led a group of youths and adults in constructing a “buddy bench” and accompanying rubber mulch, landscaping and explanatory signage at Simmons Elementary School in Horsham. Children who don’t have anyone to play with during recess sit on the buddy bench, and it serves as an invitation for other children to ask them to play.

A graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School, Rineer is a student at Temple University planning to major in media studies or film.

Decker earned 32 merit badges and held leadership positions, including junior assistant Scoutmaster, assistant senior patrol leader, scribe and assistant scribe.

Decker’s Eagle Scout project involved leading a group of youths and adults in constructing a walking path behind St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Ambler. The group dug out the path, adding weed prevention cloth before filling the path with gravel and lining it with bricks to provide a safe and attractive route for church parishioners.

Decker is a senior at Wissahickon High School, where he is active on the water polo and swim teams. He plans to attend West Virginia University and pursue a degree in astrophysics.

Wright earned 26 merit badges. He was elected to Order of the Arrow and the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America and held leadership positions, including assistant senior patrol leader, troop guide, patrol leader, lead instructor and bugler.

For his Eagle project, Wright led a group of 27 volunteers to plant 200 trees, each with vinyl deer fencing, at Rose Valley Preserve in Upper Dublin. His project contributed to the reforestation of Upper Dublin parks while combating the spread of invasive species.

A graduate of La Salle College High School, he is currently a freshman at Penn State University majoring in political science.

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