Lisbon scout earns Eagle award


LISBON FALLS — Boy Scout Troop 109 of Lisbon Falls honored Jacob R. Bussiere, 14, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held Sept. 29 at Holy Trinity Church. Bussiere is the son of Bob and Jennifer Bussiere of Lisbon Falls.

There were more than 200 in attendance including family, Scouts, Scouters, friends, neighbors, teachers and coaches. Pine Tree Council Scout Executive Eric Tarbox convened the Court of Honor. Prayers were led by Father Lionel Chouinard. Father Nathan March had the honor of giving the Eagle Charge to Jacob. Sen. Garrett Mason and Rep. Dale Crafts presented Jacob with the State of Maine Certificate. Family and friends of Jacob also participated in his ceremony.

Only four percent of Scouts attain the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout must have completed at least 21 merit badges to earn this honor. Jacob earned a total of 45 at the time of earning his Eagle Rank. A scout must also organize a service project that benefits his church, community or school. Bussiere led a Christmas toy drive that benefited the children at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital totaling more than 1,100 toys and more than $1,000 in cash donations.

Bussiere joined Lisbon Falls Cub Scout Pack 109 at age 7 and later earned their highest award, the Arrow of Light, before crossing over to Lisbon Falls Boy Scout Troop 109. He regularly attended summer camp at Camp William Hinds in Raymond and participated in the 2010 Boy Scout National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. He will also be attending the 2013 Boy Scout National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Bussiere, a freshman at St. Dominic’s Academy, has participated in high school soccer, basketball and mock trial. He is currently co-captain of the junior varsity basketball team at St. Dom’s. He is a long time member of Holy Trinity Church, Lisbon Falls, where he has been an altar server and church usher.