James Lynch to Receive Eagle Badge May 20

May 18, 2018
James Lynch of Barnegat Township

James Lynch of Barnegat Township received his Eagle Scout badge at a Court of Honor held on Sunday, May 20, at American Legion Post 232. To earn this honor, Lynch had to complete a project to benefit his community. He set his sights on a construction project that led to the building of greenhead fly traps that were placed at the township dock bay beach and the Junior Bengal Sports Complex.

A member of Troop 26, Lynch has served as patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. He has participated in numerous camp opportunities at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation, Carranza Memorial Park, Stokes State Forest and Bass River State Park, as well as numerous camporees.

The son of Dee and Jerry Lynch, he has earned 29 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow, a fraternal honor society within Boy Scouts, sworn to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others.

He has accumulated hundreds of hours of community service, and other achievements include the Mile Swim Badge, the Ironman Award, the Ocsobebon Award and the Camp Workcoeman Honor Scout Award. The Ocsobebon program (camp No-Be-Bo-Sco spelled backward) was started to give older, veteran scouts an opportunity for high adventure. It is a week-long challenge that requires participants to complete a variety of tasks and challenges.

A senior at Barnegat High School, Lynch is a member of the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. He is a member of its honor guard and has also earned the Association of the United States Army Award and the Air Force Drill Sergeant Association Award. He is a member of the Kitty Hawk Air Society.

Also at the school, he is a member of the varsity lacrosse team, the fishing club and the environmental club.

Future plans are to attend Stevens Institute of Technology and graduate with an engineering degree. He then plans to commission into the U.S. Air Force as an officer. E.E.

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