Leader of Eagle Scouts Honored in Alameda

Terry Winckler--Alameda Troop 73 leader Neal Jarecki (center) with his four newest Eagle Scouts (from left) Quinn Rasmussen, Aidan O’Grady, Robert Lebbert, and Kyle Long.

Leader of Eagle Scouts Honored in Alameda

A scout master who has likely guided more boys to become Eagle Scouts than any leader in Alameda history was honored Sunday, March 20, by nearly 200 scouts, family members, and friends as he closed out his scouting career by inducting his final four Eagles.

Many of Neal Jarecki’s 34 Eagles were on hand to pay him tribute, including some who followed him from Cub Scout Pack 1015, where he was cub master, to Boy Scout Troop 73, which he served in various leadership roles, including scout master. Each of the newest Eagles offered praise and tales of Jarecki as they came forward to receive the highest achievement in scouting.

“It takes more than 700 requirements to become an Eagle,” said Jarecki, as he introduced the newest inductees.

Of the plaudits and praise Jarecki received, including many ovations, “legendary” was repeated by several scouts, leaders, and parents. And no one was more laudatory than an Eagle from years ago, Joey Colton, who thanked Jarecki for not giving up on him.

Also honored Sunday night was long-time Troop 73 leader Mark Sifling, who has mentored scouts for more than two dozen years and was himself an Eagle at 14.