---- — Boy Scout Troop 1254 in Cooperstown has announced the promotion of David French to the rank of Eagle Scout. His achievement was recognized at a Troop Court of Honor on Sunday, Jan. 6, where he shared the limelight with recently promoted Eagle Scout Chris Harloff, according to a media release from the troop.
French’s leadership project, completed this fall, involved the planning and implementation of landscaping work at two group homes operated by Springbrook, one in Pierstown and one on Irish Hill in Cooperstown. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, the Pierstown project corrected a safety issue that had presented a trip hazard for a blind resident. All necessary materials and funds were donated by area residents and businesses.
Completing his project on behalf of Springbrook was especially gratifying for French’s family, according to the release. After his autism diagnosis, he received early intervention services at Springbrook. His parents consider his preschool teachers to be some of the most influential in David’s development, the release stated.
“I was very happy to be able to give back to Springbrook, since they have done so much for me over the years,” French said in the release.
A 17-year-old senior at Cooperstown High School, French has been active in scouting since joining Cub Scouts at age 5. His scouting career includes earning the Arrow of Light Award in Cub Scouts, Order of the Arrow in Onteroraus Lodge 402, and the 2011 Bers Memorial Scholarship. He has served Troop 1254 as Troop Scribe, Webmaster and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
According to the release, French has enjoyed camping and hiking with the Scouts, but is most proud of the community service that is done by the troop. He hopes to continue his involvement with scouting in college and beyond.