LINCOLN â€” Troop 711 Albion Scouts Gian DiCostanzo, Bryan Guilbert and Matthew LaButti were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at a High Court of Honor on Dec. 29 at St. Ambrose Church, Albion.
It was the 11th Eagle Court of Honor for Troop 711, which was founded in 2005.
DiCostanzo, Guilbert and LaButti represent the 17th, 18th and 19th Eagle Scouts for Troop 711.
DiCostanzo, the son of of Kim DiCostanzo and the late John DiCostanzo of North Smithfield, is a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket.
DiCostanzoâ€™s scouting career began with Pack 28, Primrose. He became a Scout in 2005 and earned the rank of Life Scout in 2011.
DiCostanzoâ€™s Eagle project involved the development and production of a childrenâ€™s program for the students at Northern Lincoln Elementary School in Manville. The topics of the program included making friends, bullying, dealing with stereotypes and having fun. The production included songs, skits and poems, with plenty of audience participation.
DiCostanzo earned 28 merit badges and held the leadership positions of Den Chief, Assistant Patrol leader, Patrol Leader and Scribe. He earned the Ad Altare Dei Catholic Award, Bronze & Gold CY, World Conservation and he is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.
Guilbert, the son of Chris and Kelly Guilbert of Woonsocket, is a graduate of Woonsocket High School.
Guilbert's scouting career started with Pack 6, Woonsocket. He earned his Arrow of Light and became a Scout in 2006. He earned the rank of Life Scout in 2010.
Guilbertâ€™s Eagle project was to revitalize the playground at Monsignor Gadoury School in Woonsocket. He designed and painted games on the blacktop. Three garden boxes were built to teach the children about plants and animals and wire was applied to the gates to prevent stray balls from escaping.
He earned 31 merit badges and held the leadership positions of Den Chief, Chaplain Aide, Troop Guide, Quartermaster, Instructor, Assistant Patrol leader, Patrol Leader, Leave No Trace Trainer and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He earned his Ad Altare Dei & Pope Pius Catholic Awards, Bronze & Gold CY, Silver COPE, the Troop 711 Support Your troop Award, Historic Trail Award and he is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.
LaButti is the son of Rick and Gina Winn of Lincoln, and Don LaButti of North Providence. He also is a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy.
LaButti's scouting career began with Pack 1, Manville. He earned his Arrow of Light and became a Scout in 2005. He earned the rank of Life Scout in 2011.
LaButtiâ€™s Eagle project involved the renovation of a playground at Head Start in Woonsocket. He removed fencing and made a handicap accessible entrance to the playground. A sandbox was rebuilt and the playground was enlarged.
LaButti earned 36 merit badges and held the leadership positions of Librarian, Assistant Patrol leader, Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He earned his Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius and Pillars of Faith Catholic Awards, Bronze & Gold CY, Mile Swim, Snorkeling BSA and World Conservation Award.
The Eagle ceremony was presided over by Eagle Scout Timothy Oâ€™Reilly. Fr. Thomas Ferland, pastor of St. Ambrose, offered an opening prayer. Assistant Scoutmaster Charlie Malenfant led the Trail to Eagle. Scoutmaster Ryan McCarty and Assistant Scoutmaster Mike Forget introduced the Eagle candidates. Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster Brian McMahon led the Eagle Pledge. Eagle Scout Jacob Malenfant administered the Eagle Charge. ASM Charlie Malenfant, Eagle Scout Connor McCarty and Greg Cooney, a teacher at Mount Saint Charles, spoke about the character of boys. Fr. Richard Desaulniers, pastor of St. James Church offered the closing prayer.
DiCostanzo, Guilbert and LaButti received numerous citations and certificates from local, state and national politicians and numerous other organizations. In addition, they received blankets and silver coins, as well as small mementos from the Troop.
Boys who are interested in joining Troop 711 can attend one of their meetings on Thursday nights at St. Ambrose Hall, School Street, Albion, or contact Scoutmaster Ryan McCarty at (401) 651-0040 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org