Boy Scout Troop 380 presented Alexander Grimaldi with Scouting’s most prestigious rank, Eagle Scout, at a court of honor convened under the authority of the Boy Scouts of America on February 22, 2014, at St. Peter’s church on Capitol Hill.
Scoutmaster Emeritus Patrick Merkle presented Alexander with the Eagle Scout Medal and Eagle Scout Badge. Assistant Scoutmaster Sam Harper administered the oath of the Eagle Scout Promise. Alexander’s cousin, Joe Grimaldi, delivered the Eagle Charge. Troop 380 Scoutmaster Luke Mitchell was the Master of Ceremonies.
Alexander had presentations of his own: He presented to his parents the highly deserved Eagle parent pins and honored ASM Harper with the Eagle Mentor pin for Mr. Harper’s role in guiding him on his path to Eagle Scout.
Among those attending the ceremony were Dan Mullin and Jennifer Coke, District Directors for the Washington District of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Troop 380 Scoutmasters Emeritus Hank Brothers and Stan Scofield; Rev. William Byrne, pastor of St Peter’s Catholic Church, the troop’s chartering organization; Joseph Mona, a Troop 380 Boy Scout who received his Eagle badge in 1954 and scouts, friends and family of Troop 380. Rev. Peter Weigand, president of St. Anselm’s Abbey School, gave a benediction at the end of a reception in the St. Peter’s hall.
Joe Grimaldi, of New York City, who issued the Eagle Scout Charge, is an Eagle Scout from Troop 118 at St. Peter’s Parish in the Heart of America Council, Kansas City, Mo. He is a member of both the Order of the Arrow and the Tribe of Mic-O-Say honor leadership programs; a former staff member and two-time crew member at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, and Alexander’s cousin.