Eagle Scout Patrick J. Aitken, son of John and Jennifer Aitken of New Port Richey, was presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition from the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for outstanding leadership and citizenship as demonstrated by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout.
SAR Compatriot Art Hays presented the certificate at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on May 24 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in New Port Richey.
Patrick, age 16, started his scouting journey in 2007 with Cub Scout Pack 7. In 2009, he advanced to Boy Scout Troop 60. He earned 32 merit badges. He has camped out over 125 nights, including summer excursions at Camp La-No-Che in Paisley, Florida, where he attended Youth Leadership Training; and Camp Daniel Boone in Canton, North Carolina.
His Eagle Scout leadership service project involved the removal of a rotting fence at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church and replacing it with a black, decorative metal fence just. The planning, organizing and fund raising involved over 300 volunteer hours, an expense of nearly $5,000, and about a year to complete.