Nicholas Hackney, a member of Boy Scout Troop 3 of Groton, has earned the highest and most coveted award presented by the Boy Scouts of America: the rank of Eagle Scout. He received the award at the Eagle Court of Honor held in his honor at the Union Congregational Church in Groton on February 10.

Nicholas started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub with Pack 12 Groton in 2001 and earned the Arrow of Light in 2006 prior to transitioning into Troop 3.

As a member of the Troop, Nicholas held a number of leadership positions and was inducted into Scouting's National Honor Society, The Order of the Arrow, in 2009. He also attended the 2010 National Jamboree celebrating the 100th anniversary of the BSA and participated in all three BSA High Adventure Camps; Sea Base, Northern Tier and Philmont.

One of the key requirements for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is a service project. For his Eagle service project, Nicholas planned, coordinated, and led Scouts to collect GPS data and create a topographic map of the Groton Place Trail System in to benefit the citizens of Groton and surrounding communities, emergency responders, and the New England Forestry Foundation.

At his Court of Honor, Selectman Peter Cunningham declared Feb. 10, 2013, as "Nicholas William Hackney Day" in recognition of his achievement and faithful service to the community.

State Rep. Sheila Harrington presented Nicholas with a certificate of achievement from the state and an award from the Woitowitcz family in remembrance of Sgt. William J.


Woitowicz, USMC, an Eagle Scout who lost his life in service to his country.

Nicholas is a senior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School and is preparing to enter college in the fall.