It took longer than expected, but Matt Piccoli ’23 is proud to be following in his father’s footsteps as an Eagle Scout.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge junior was on track to achieve this milestone about two years ago, but then the pandemic put everything on hold. He had planned for his project to take place in the spring of 2020 but it was pushed back more than a year due to COVID-19. Finally, late in the summer of 2021, Matt was able to complete his project and reach his goal.
“It means a lot,” Matt said. “Not many people make it there, but if you do, it is a great accomplishment. My father (Martin) was an Eagle Scout and it was good to keep the tradition going. I know that my hard work has paid off. When I first became a Cub Scout and later a Boy Scout in 2016, I never knew that I would make it to this very high summit.”
Matt’s Eagle Scout project required him to repaint doors at Somerset Presbyterian Church in Somerset, where his Boy Scout troop holds its meetings.
“I had a group of 5-6 scouts help me on this two-day process where we put primer on the doors one day and then the next week, we painted the colors either red or blue according to what colors the representative from the church asked me to do,” Matt explained.
After the completion of the project, Matt passed a board review with a council representative and three troop members that included an interview about his project and a scout report which shows rank advancement and all 21 or more merit badge blue cards, a statement of ambition and his leadership roles in and out of Boy Scouts. He soon received documentation of his status as an Eagle Scout and is looking forward to the ceremony, which will be held in the spring.
“The most rewarding experience I think will be when I have my Eagle Scout Court of Honor,” Matt said. “That is a ceremony where I am presented the badge and the rewards for becoming an Eagle Scout. It will be a day that I will remember that all of the hard work paid off.”
Matt maintains a busy schedule at W+H, performing in both the concert and jazz bands, in addition to competing on the varsity soccer team and serving as one of the captains of the varsity winter and spring track teams. He’s also a member of the Black Student Alliance affinity group and assists the school’s Admission Office as a Student Ambassador.