PEPPERELL -- Boy Scout Troop 26 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Ryan Thomson on Dec. 30 at the Pepperell Community Center.
Ryan is the son of Robert and Susan Thomson, of Pepperell.
Ryan attained the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout must have completed at least 21 merit badges and organized a service project that benefited his church, community or school.
Ryan's Eagle project was the restoration of Ye Olde Town Pound, on Heald Street in Pepperell. This project was sponsored by, and funded by generous donations from the Prudence Wright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Pepperell, and the Pepperell Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Ryan also received generous material support from Farnsworth Lumber in Shirley, and Moore's Lumber in Ayer.
With the expert help of stone mason Seth Leonard, Ryan led a team to re-stack two of the walls which were sagging, reset the gate posts, and rebuild all of the woodwork. Ryan is an aspiring blacksmith, and even hand forged new gate hinges with the help of blacksmith Derek Heidemann at Old Sturbridge Village for the new gate to help keep the authenticity of the structure. Ryan's project provided him with leadership opportunities in coordinating work teams, as well as experience working with a stone mason, and the opportunity to apply his blacksmithing skills.
Ryan attends Francis Parker Charter School in Devens, and holds a Green Belt in Tai Kwon Do.
Ryan started out in the Boy Scout program as a Tiger Cub with Pack 55 where he earned the Arrow of Light before joining Troop 26. While with Troop 26 Ryan served as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, troop guide, and participated in Order of the Arrow. Ryan is an avid outdoor enthusiast with 137 nights of camping, over 176 miles of hiking, 73 miles of paddling, 64 miles of cycling, and over 87 hours of community service with Troop 26. He has attended Maine High Adventure, Seabase St. Thomas, and Philmont High Adventure, as well as an assortment of spectacular outdoor hiking and camping adventures with Troop 26.