Germantown Academy junior Sam Wang '23 of Scouts BSA Troop 542 received the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Scouts BSA, at a Court of Honor held at Supplee Presbyterian Church.
Wang joined Troop 542 in 2015 and held several leadership roles including assistant instructor, lead instructor, guide, and, most recently, troop scribe. In addition to several years of summer camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation, Wang took part in youth leadership training.
"I first got interested in scouting because of my enjoyment of the outdoors," said Wang. "Later, it also helped me develop my leadership skills and core values."
For his Eagle Scout project, Wang overcame many obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to plant and fence 100 trees at a local Upper Dublin park. This project was part of a larger township beautification project that seeks to replace trees damaged by invasive species, secure soil around creeks, and provide habitats for birds and other animals. Wang’s project totaled 187 hours.
"This project allowed me to give back to the Upper Dublin community, which I've lived in for most of my life," said Wang. "I hope replacing invasive plants with native trees will be a small step to make Upper Dublin better."
Along the way, Wang received support from several GA teachers.
"I would like to sincerely express my gratitude for Mrs. Ayers, Mrs. Ledwith, and Ms. Vutz for being my Eagle Scout Mentors, because without their guidance and encouragement I would not have achieved this honor," said Wang.
Wang will continue to work with BSA Troop 542 as a webmaster and help younger scouts in their journey to Eagle Scout.
Here at GA, Wang has served with the Student Government Organization and worked on The Edition. He also plays in the school symphony and jazz bands and is a member of the cross country team.