For Andrew Masson, being a Boy Scout is like being part of a brotherhood. No matter where you go, he said, you can always find someone who was a Scout.
On June 22, the Dracut resident and Greater Lowell Technical High School student joined seven other Scouts from his Pelham-based troop at an Eagle Court of Honor, being elevated to Eagle, the highest achievement in Scouting.
"It has been a great experience to be able to journey from Cub Scouts to Eagles with all these guys," said Masson, 18. "It's been a great 12 years of adventures and lifelong memories."
Masson was 6 when he became a Tiger Cub and has stuck with Scouting ever since. He received his Eagle Scout rank in early June along with the other Scouts, with whom he has grown up.
"They started together," said his mother, Kim Masson. "They got to finish together. It was a big accomplishment for all of them. I am so proud. I can't even express how proud I am."
To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must fulfill requirements in areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills, then envision and follow through on a project that benefits the community.
Masson's project included a proposal to build a map kiosk at Raymond Park in Pelham. He had to get appropriate approvals, raise money and donations, and coordinate a group of Scouts and adult helpers to construct the kiosk.
"I started my Scouting career with most of the same Scouts that I have earned my Eagle rank with," Masson wrote in an email.
The honor is something Masson said he had always talked about back when he was a Tiger Cub, adding that he was able to reach his goal with the guidance of his leaders and parents.
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