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Troop 791 gets first Eagle Scout



Date published: 11/25/2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Jonathan Cerritelli, the son of L.J. and Teresa Cerritelli, is the first Scout in Boy Scout Troop 791 to achieve the rank of Eagle, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America.

Jonathan, 15, was recognized at a Court of Honor recently at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Troop 791 is chartered by the church.

He follows a family tradition of Eagle Scouts that includes his father and two uncles.

For his Eagle project, Jonathan built a 115-foot walkway at the church with pavers and inscribed memorial bricks to provide a safe pathway to the church pavilion for members, including the elderly and disabled.

He organized 23 helpers, and the group put in a total of 377 man-hours to complete the project.

Jonathan joined Scouting in 2003 as a Tiger Cub in Pack 171. He earned his Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouts, and bridged into Boy Scout Troop 171 in 2008.

In 2009, Jonathan became a founding member of Troop 791, serving as its first senior patrol leader. He also has served as scribe, bugler, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and troop guide.

He has earned 38 merit badges and is a member of the Mattaponi Chapter of the Order of the Arrow.

He also earned the Paul Bunyan Award, Centennial Recruiter, the Leave No Trace Award and the God and Me, God and Family, God and Church religious program awards.

He has completed 70 nights of camping, including Bayport Summer Camp, Ottari Summer Camp, Goshen Summer Camp, Bayport Rivah Base and Goshen's Lenhok'sin High Adventure Summer Camp.

He hiked a total of 105 miles on numerous routes in Shenandoah National Park and on the Appalachian Trail, as well as at Lenhok'sin High Adventure camp this past summer.

Jonathan has offered 268 hours of service time to his community.

In addition to Scouting, Jonathan was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award in 2010. He has been a participant in the Spotsylvania All-County and District bands, placing in top chairs for the past four years, and is a member of the Emerald Sound and Guard Marching Band, where he holds the position of mellophone section leader.

He is an honor-roll student at Riverbend High School and is an avid banjo player.

His goal is to become a veterinarian.