Eagle Scout raises awareness with fitness theme

In an effort to raise awareness about fitness and health, Tristan Haas designed and built informational kiosks in town center and at Merwin Meadows for his Eagle Scout project.

“The kiosk project will allow the people of Wilton to know where the trails of Wilton are, and hopefully encourage them to go for walks, runs or bike rides instead of taking their cars,” said Tristan, a Wilton High School senior who recently became the 102nd Eagle Scout of Troop 125.

Tristan’s project aligned with the Wilton Y’s “Get Movin’, Get Healthy” initiative to combat childhood obesity, which was supported by grants of $62,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, according to Scoutmaster Steven Gorenbergh.

Tristan said the project, which received funding from the grant and was also supported by donations from local lumberyards, took more than 200 hours to complete.

“I owe my Eagle Scout award not only to my hard work, but to everyone who helped me along the way: my parents, Mary and Artie; my scoutmaster, Mr. Gorenbergh; and everyone who helped me with my Eagle project, and everyone else who helped me succeed,” said Tristan.

Tristan is a member of the high school ski team and cross-country team, so the project was a logical one for him. It was also a way of giving back to his community and adhering to the “moral code” he found in scouting, he said.

“Becoming an Eagle Scout is the culmination of 12 years of work: four years in the Cub Scouts, and eight years in the Boy Scouts,” he said. “Every year has been fulfilling and enjoyable.”

Mr. Gorenbergh said Tristan’s scouting career has been successful, ever since he joined Troop 125 in the spring of 2006. “While in Troop 125, he has served in multiple leadership roles, including patrol leader, troop guide, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, and junior assistant scoutmaster. Tristan earned a total of 28 merit badges, seven beyond the 21 Eagle-required merit badges.

“He is also a graduate of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Youth Leadership Training Program, scouting’s most advanced youth leadership training program. He was elected to the National Scout Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow and is truly an outstanding young man,” Mr. Gorenbergh said.

Tristan aims to live up to the standards of scouting’s highest rank.

“People have high expectations of Eagle Scouts: that they’re hard-working, smart, loyal, trustworthy; expectations that I will have to fulfill in the future,” he said.