Pre-birth Stroke Didn’t Stop Inspirational Young Man from Earning Eagle

The path toward Eagle can be a real struggle for some Scouts. Indeed, a giant helping of perseverance is often necessary for a Scout to push through and finish all of the requirements for Eagle.

Pre-birth Stroke Didn't Stop Inspirational Young Man from Earning Eagle
Nicholas earned the rank of Eagle Scout. (photo: Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press)

Some Scouts also face great challenges on their path. For Scout Nicholas M. of the Boy Scouts of America Jersey Shore Council, the challenges began before he was even born. Nicholas suffered a stroke while still in the womb, and, while it makes some of his life’s tasks a little more complicated, it hasn’t kept the young man from earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

Nicholas serves as an inspiration to the people in his community and also to other Scouts seeking to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

“He’s the walking embodiment of what an Eagle Scout should be,” said Jerome Townsend, a Boy Scouts of America district executive. “Watching Nicholas and the other scouts grow and develop has taught me to have patience. It teaches me that when I get up every day, I need to be a little bit better.”

Nicholas has lived a life of service. In fact, his mother says he has spent thousands of hours serving his community through a variety of projects with several different organizations. In particular, he likes to serve organizations that help animals.

For his Eagle Scout project, Nicholas built bat houses that are designed to house hundreds of bats. The houses have been installed in local park.

To learn more about this remarkable Eagle Scout who couldn’t be stopped by a pre-birth stroke or any of the other challenges he faced, be sure to see the whole story in the Asbury Park Press.

To learn more about the positive impact that Scouting can have on young people like Nicholas, be sure to check out this article on the recent Tufts study, and watch this video:


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