TOWNSEND -- An Eagle Scout Court of Honor marks the highest accomplishment for a Boy Scout.
For Michael Whittier, the high point of his time in Scouting was community service and helping other people.
"I love doing the service projects," the new Eagle Scout said.
Friends, family and fellow Scouts honored him Aug. 27, during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
"I shed a tear that night," said his father, Tom Whittier.
He is Scoutmaster of Troop 10 and crew advisor for Venture Crew 30, a co-educational youth-leadership group under the Boy Scout umbrella for ages 14 to 21.
Michael knew what the children at the Squannacook Early Childhood Center had for physical- and occupational-therapy equipment.
He said he could see that the aging equipment needed to be upgraded.
When his Eagle Scout project was complete, the school where his mother Sharon Whittier teaches had six new PT/OT stations.
"It feels great, honestly," MIchael Whittier said.
The North Middlesex Regional High School graduate plans to become a firefighter.
"Go figure why he's going down that path," said Tom Whittier, who was a firefighter and emergency medical technician for many years.
The younger Whittier interned with the Townsend Fire Department last year as a senior at North Middlesex Regional High School.
He assisted with calls and helped keep the stations up and running.
Through the department, he attends the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy.
After he completes his degree in fire science at Mount Wachusett, Whittier plans to attend another school and become a paramedic.
While Whittier is in school, he is also an on-call firefighter in the Townsend Fire Department.
During the ceremony, local and state officials honored the new Eagle Scout with proclamations.
The town of Monson honored him and his troop for their assistance in rebuilding a ballfield after a tornado struck the community.
Scouting has been an important part of Michael Whittier's growth.
"It looks good on a resume," he said. "It really builds self-confidence and leadership."
One of his proudest moments was attending the national youth leadership training.
He was nominated for the training by his troop and Scoutmaster.