Alexandria’s Jackson Feiner Earns Eagle Scout Rank Following Successful Board of Review
Eagle Scout project completed at Alternatives, Inc. group home for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities
ALEXANDRIA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (June 2, 2021) - Alexandria resident Jackson Feiner of Alexandria Boy Scout Troop 112 recently earned the Rank of Eagle Scout, a level achieved by only 8% of all Scouts nationally, following successful completion of his Board of Review.
For his Eagle Scout project, Feiner and volunteers renovated a large deck at an Alternatives, Inc., group home for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities in Alexandria Township. Feiner, a longtime volunteer for Alternatives, has an interest in supporting those with disabilities. Alternatives is a community-based non-profit organization that provides programs and housing for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities, mental illness and homeless families. The Alexandria home opened in 2017 and is staffed 24/7.
“It’s important for group homes to provide safe environments so my goal was to help Alternatives give the residents an area they could enjoy,” said Feiner, a graduating Delaware Valley Regional High School senior who will begin studying international relations at The University of Scranton this fall. “Completing the project was challenging during the pandemic because people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable to contract COVID-19 so we were careful to remain outside the home, wear masks and practice social distancing. I greatly appreciate all of the guidance and support I received from Alternatives staff, my volunteers and donors.”
Feiner, who recently served as Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 112, said he received generous donations of lumber, stain, and other supplies from H.J. Opdyke Lumber Co. in Frenchtown and Home Depot and Lowes, both in Flemington.
“Jackson and his team of volunteers really did a wonderful job refurbishing the deck, treating residents of the group home respectfully and coordinating with our staff,” said Alternatives, Inc. Director of Housing Keith Hook, a fellow Eagle Scout. “Jackson has proven to me he is a fine, upstanding young man who has his head on right, is willing to work hard to get what he wants, yet has a soft enough heart that he is willing to help others. His many positive attributes are a credit to his parents, Troop 112, his friends and the Boy Scouts of America. It is an honor to welcome Jackson into the Eagle Scout Brotherhood.”
To learn more about Alexandria Boy Scout Troop 112, please visit www.bsa-troop112.net and for more information about Scouting where you are, see www.beascout.org.