HILLSBOROUGH: Samuel Romano earns Eagle rank at age 15

He’s second-youngest to earn the honor in his Troop 1776

Samuel Romano
Samuel Romano earns
Eagle rank at age 15
   Samuel Joseph Romano earned his Eagle Scout Badge on March 2 among friends, family and fellow Scouts at a ceremony at the Neshanic Reformed Church.
   At age 15, he is the second-youngest Scout in Troop 1776 history to achieve the rank of Eagle. Sam was presented with Raritan Valley District Scout of the Year award at a June 1 ceremony.
   Sam started his Scouting career at age 6 as a Tiger Scout in Cub Scout Pack 1776. He worked his way through the Cub ranks and earned his Arrow of Light award in February 2008.
   In five years as a Boy Scout, Sam has participated in 41 individual trips ranging from single to 12 days. He has accumulated 124 camping nights. He has earned 34 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow at the Brotherhood rank. Sam has logged more than 200 community service hours, and recently earned the Harry Schmidt 200-mile backpacker award.
   In 2010 Sam attended his first National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program at Camp Winnebago in Morris County. His enthusiasm earned him an invitation to return as a staff member the following year. He was an NYLT staff member in 2011 and 2012, and he plans to participate again in 2013.
   Sam has held various leadership roles within Troop 1776 including Troop Scribe, Den Chief, Troop Guide, ASPL Program, and ASPL Activities.
   In January of 2013 Sam achieved one of his most coveted personal goals when he was elected senior patrol leader of his troop.