Former resident achieves Scouting’s highest rank


Adam Christopher Baxter, the son of David and Joanne Baxter of Woodbury, was honored by Troop 8 in Brookfield for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on Nov. 24.

Baxter is the 25th person to reach scouting’s highest rank for Troop 8, which began in 1965.

Roughly 80 people attended the ceremony, including Baxter’s maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Merto of Bethel; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Baxter of Park Ridge, Ill.; and aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends from Danbury, Brookfield and Woodbury.

Baxter, a former Brookfield resident, received citations from former President Bill Clinton, Gov. John Rowland, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and state and local officials.

Baxter has been a member of Troop 8 for the past seven years. Although he and his family moved to Woodbury five years ago, he traveled to Brookfield every Monday night to meet with the rest of the troop.

When he was 13, Baxter sailed the British Virgin Islands and learned how to scuba dive with the troop in the Caribbean. A few years later, he canoed the Allagash Waterway.

Wanting to give something back to Brookfield, Baxter constructed a 100-foot catwalk across wetlands on the Gurski property leading to Williams Park off Route 133 for his Eagle project.

A 2000 graduate of Nonnewaug High, Baxter is in the "Who’s Who Among American High School Students” directory.

He is a freshman at Arcadia University — formerly Beaver College — in Glenside, Pa. Baxter is majoring in computer sciences and is treasurer for the rock-climbing club. He also participates in the Castle restoration club.




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