Michael D’Onofrio’s 23 merit badges earned: art, athletics, aviation, camping, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communications, crime prevention, cycling, emergency preparedness, energy, environmental science, family life, fingerprinting, first aid, fish and wildlife management, Indian lore, law, personal fitness, personal management, soil and water conservation, sports.
Michael D’Onofrio of Boy Scout Troop 81 received scouting’s highest honor — the Eagle badge — on May 5 in the Federated Methodist-Presbyterian Church hall.
D’Onofrio, 17-year-old son of Mario and Elizabeth D’Onofrio, is a junior at Patterson High School.
D’Onofrio attained the Eagle rank in September 2011. His involvement in scouting started in 2001 when he was a Tiger Cub in Pack 81 and bridged over to Boy Scouts in 2006.
He said he has found scouting a great experience because he has learned from others.
“My best experience in scouting has been learning to deal with different people in different situations,” D’Onofrio said. “You have to deal with various personalities and situations.”
D’Onofrio has taken the lead in the troop and served as troop scribe, troop librarian patrol leader of the Penguins, a group of scouts who have become very close over the years. Other Penguins members include Joey Howard, Steve Chacon and Adam Melo.
“Scouting has enabled Michael to build his leadership skills,” D’Onofrio’s dad Mario, said. “He has been able to visit some famous national parks and enjoy some exciting adventures there.”
Those trips included ventures to the Grand Canyon and Death Valley among other locales.
Achieving the Eagle rank required planning and work for D’Onofrio. His Eagle Scout project, which was required to receive his badge, was to help organize Patterson High School graduation photo displays and a small military display at the Patterson Township Historical Society museum in the downtown Center Building.
He and seven scout helpers spent about 70 hours to complete the task by cleaning and photographing the PHS photos and placing them in a prominent area for all to see. The project was completed under the guidance of former Scoutmaster Ron Swift, who D’Onofrio said has been his great influence in his scouting career.
“Mr. Swift helped the patrol (Penguins) when we first bridged over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, and he’s also my mentor for my Eagle project,” D’Onofrio said.
D’Onofrio’s also took part in the annual Scouting for Food drive for a number of years. .
He is also on Patterson High’s swim team and was on the wrestling team during his freshman and sophomore years. He was one of Creekside Middle School’s top scholars and continues to maintain a 4.0 GPA at the high school. D’Onofrio has also performed with the high school’s Lunchbox Theatre group, participating in 15-minute presentations of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Post Its.” He recently participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life as a member of the “Too Inspired to be Tired” team.
After graduation from PHS next year, he plans to attend a four-year college and major in economics and finance.
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