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New Ipswich brothers both reach rank of Eagle Scout

  • Brothers Calel Castro and Caleb Castro were honored with the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor for them on Sept 29 at the Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey. Courtesy photo

  • Above: Valeris Castro, Caleo Castro, Calel Castro, Oscar Castro, David Castro, Carina Castro, Calen Castro, Caleb Castro and Marcie Castro celebrate Calel and Caleb’s achievement of the Eagle rank during their Court of Honor. Courtesy Photos



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 08, 2018 4:25PM

Two New Ipswich brothers have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Calel Castro, 19, and Caleb Castro, 18, of New Ipswich, were awarded their Eagle Scout ranks at an Honor Court on Sept. 29 at the Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey. 

Boy Scouts have been part of their lives since before they were old enough to qualify even for Cub Scouts, the the brothers said in an interview on Monday.

Both their father and grandfather were scouts, both of whom also earned the prestigious Eagle rank. Their grandfather was also a scout master, and Calel and Caleb often joined his troop on camping expeditions and outings even before they were officially scouts. Currently, they are both members of the Mascenic troop #3877, which serves both New Ipswich and Greenville.

The two said they were driven to achieve their Eagle rank to continue the family tradition, with their father and grandfather to look to as examples.

“I remembered something my grandfather said to me,” Caleb said. “I was interviewing him for a writing project, and I asked him why he’d pushed my dad to get his Eagle rank. He said to me, ‘When you look at your father, is that not the man you want to be?’”

It’s not an easy process, and Caleb and Calel admitted it was a daunting task. Only about 4 percent of Boy Scouts ever make the rank, and it involves earning at least 21 merit badges, as well as organizing, managing and leading a community service project. 

Both Caleb and Calel took on repair projects for community buildings to fulfill the service requirements of their Eagle Scout projects.

Calel completed his project in the summer of 2015, when his family was living in Hawaii, by participating in renovating the kitchen at his church. A fellow parishioner had been interested in the project, but the work was too much for one man, so Calel took it on as his Eagle Scout project, and assisted in stripping the kitchen, installing new cabinets and granite countertops, and installing new appliances.

“It was just what was needed at the time,” he said.

Caleb took on installing a new bookshelf and doing repairs at the New Ipswich Library, for his project. Several other scouts had looked at taking on the library for their project, he said, but the plans had always fallen through. He knew that he had to be the one to follow through. 

Now that they’ve finished the process, they recognize the value in it, Calel said. 

“There were plenty of times we wanted to give up, because it is hard. It’s a hard thing to achieve,” Calel said. “But I learned so many things and made so many friends. And now I can say I’m an Eagle Scout. It was a really proud moment, and definitely worth it.”

 

 Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com.