January 20, 2020

Troop 55 Riverside Congratulates Our Seventh Eagle Scout!

Posted by CVandal

Troop 55 Riverside would like to congratulate Chase Vandal for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. For Chase's Eagle project, he worked with Evergreen House Health Center creating individualized playlists as part of a music therapy program for residents in the Alzheimer's and Dementia units. After months of planning and communication to develop this program, he and members of his troop spent several weekends first interviewing residents and family members to identify musical preferences, followed by research of musical genres and top hits based on interview responses. Finally, music was purchased and downloaded onto MP3 players provided through a grant to Evergreen House. Staff will use the devices to play music to residents in times of disquiet in an effort to soothe troubled minds. Additionally, residents will be treated to their favorite music in hopes of stimulating reactions in less interactive patients and possibly to trigger pleasant memories for all residents in the program.

A Scout since 1st grade, Chase has spent 12 years learning survival skills and life lessons. He has made lifelong friends and developed strong relationships with his adult leaders and mentors. As part of his scouting experience, Chase attended NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) and was honored with an invitation to NYLT Academy in Washington DC where he further developed his leadership skills alongside Scouts from across the nation. Chase credits this experience as a highlight in his life and we at Troop 55 Riverside are proud to be a part of his journey.

Chase is the seventh Eagle Scout from Troop 55 Riverside and we anticipate several more throughout this next year. We consider the achievements of these Scouts an attestment and affirmation to the program we are providing and to the exemplary attitudes and accomplishments of our Scouts. For more information about Troop 55 Riverside, contact us at scoutmaster@troop55riverside.org.

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