Meet Nathan Gendreau, Hudson’s Newest Eagle Scout

March 3, 2017

 

by David S. Morin

At an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony held on Feb. 25 at Saint Kathryn Church, Nathan Gendreau was awarded the Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts highest badge.

Nate started in the scouts at the age of eight.  Moving on through the different ranks over the years he held many positions in Hudson Troop 252.  His work earned him several positions within the troop:  Patrol Leader assignments, Quarter Master, Instructor and Cub Scout Day Camp Counselor.  He also received special awards in Firem’n Chit and Totin’ Chip.

During the ceremony many spoke of Nate’s years as a scout and at times, roasting him with many humorous stories.  His troop leaders spoke on his impressive skill-building campfires and that he could get a camp fire burning in a hurricane.  His mother, as his first Cub Scout leader, talked about his many exploits during the early years.  She acknowledged the many achievements he made through his life and dealing with his medical condition.  Alvirne High School Principle Steve Beals commented on Nate’s school years and participation in sports during school.  He also spoke of a ride together they had to scout camp last summer and a discussion of the ups and downs of the life Nate and he had during the trip.

When he was 13 he faced one of the biggest challenges of his life when he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  Although a setback for him, he did not let the disease slow him down.  On top of his high school work and many activities in Troop 252 Nate signed on as a Fire Explorer with the Hudson Fire Department.  The fire department was the focus of his Eagle Scout Project.  The planters he and his team constructed at the town’s fire stations are much more than just landscaping.  They show community spirit and express to visitors that the Town of Hudson takes pride in itself.

Nate’s mother Tracy had the honor of pinning her son with the Eagle Scout Badge as the crowd of almost 100 family, friends and fellow scouts gave a standing ovation.  In an emotional speech Scout Master George Gleason had a few personal words for Nate before he and Assistance Scout Master Jeff Emanuelson placed the white Eagle Scout Neckerchief around Nate’s neck.

Only four percent of all Boy Scouts complete the rank of Eagle Scout as Jackson Gaylord Arrowhead District Senior District Executive stated most boys as they enter their teens get mixed up with either gasoline or perfume.  Not so, for Nate as he was also presented the Palm Pin.  This pin signifies a Scout has earned at least five additional merit badges, remained active in the troop for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout, demonstrates Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in his everyday life, he must make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability, and complete a Scoutmaster conference and board of review.  The Palm shows the commitment, dedication and determination Nate has shown thought out his life and time as a Boy Scout to his family, troop and community.

A congratulatory letter was read from Congresswoman Anne Kuster and letter sent by Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots was also received congratulating Nate.  State Senator Sharon Carson presented Nathan with a Senate Resolution congratulating him on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

In total, thirty five members of Hudson Troop 252 have become Eagle Scouts since 1938.