DEVENS — Garrett Mallinson, 18, a Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School (Parker School) graduate was recently awarded the highest rank in Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout.
Garrett’s Boy Scout adventures began in the first grade as a Cub Scout with Pack 16 of Leominster. There he made many memories, from sleeping at the foot of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Boston’s Science Museum, learning outdoor skills at Camp Split Rock, racing pinewood derby cars, baking and decorating a dragon cake for a cake decorating contest, creating Greek shields at the Fitchburg Art Museum and the list goes on.
Garrett advanced to Boy Scouts joining the Heart of New England Council BSA Troop 477, which is sponsored by the Leominster Sportsmen’s Association. There are a myriad of requirements a scout must complete to acquire the rank of Eagle Scout, including earning at least 21 of the more than 135 merit badges. Garrett earned 31 merit badges which included Digital Technology, Entrepreneurship, Auto Maintenance, Robotics, Nuclear Science, and First Aid. He attended many camp outs which included summer camp at Camp Wanocksett, camping along the shore of the Charles River, searching for diamonds while camping at Herkimer Diamond mines, and participating in several winter freeze-outs. In total, he completed 53 camping nights and hiked over 100 miles. He served in several leadership positions within the troop including Webmaster and Librarian. He was inducted into the Catamount Lodge Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of the BSA, in 2015.
Scouts looking to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout are required to complete a service project. Garrett piloted an effort that brought 3D Printing to the Parker School. Under his guidance, a team of volunteers researched printers; raised funds; purchased, built; tested; troubleshot and implemented the printer at the school.
While attending the Parker School, Garrett discovered his passion for cybersecurity. He initiated the school’s first CyberPatriot Team and they went on to compete in cybersecurity competitions for three years, making it to the State Round in 2019. Garrett is currently a freshman at Champlain College majoring in Networking & Cyber Security and participating in his school’s Digital Forensics Association and Cyber Security Club.