It has been a long journey, but an enjoyable one, for Cameron Conroy. The recent Warwick Veterans Memorial graduate became an Eagle Scout on March 16, which was celebrated during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held at St. Rita’s Church on June 8.
Cameron was adopted at an early age by Susan Conroy after he came to her through the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).
“He came to me when he was 6 weeks old,” Susan said. “I adopted him when he was 13 months.”
Susan said Cameron has kept in touch with his DCYF worker over the years, so when it came time for his Eagle project, he knew he wanted to provide for kids in DCYF.
“When you are taken out of a home, you leave with only the clothes on your back, so I wanted to give them items they would need that would last them for a month,” he said. “For my Eagle project, I collected items such as clothing and bathroom products, like toothpaste, and assembled bags of goods that I passed out as Christmas gifts to children in Providence DCYF.”
Cameron started his journey to becoming an Eagle at the age of 6 when he became a Cub Scout, and culminated 12 years later when the Troop 1 Conimicut member attained the highest rank in Scouting.
“It’s a privilege, it’s an honor,” he said of the distinction. “There are not a lot of boys that get it; only five in my troop. It’s definitely a commitment.”
Cameron said once he crossed over as a Webelo, he took on a leadership role and began developing those skills by assisting with financial issues, deciding where to go camping, and helping to oversee a troop of 31 members.
“I learned how to be a leader. You learn something new every day,” he said.
Those skills came in handy when it came time to tackle his Eagle project. Cameron said the most challenging part of the project was finding places where to get the items and shopping for them.
“It was easier once that was accomplished” he said.
Cameron said he enjoyed the journey to becoming an Eagle.
“I don’t think you can appreciate what you’re doing until you’ve achieved the goal and you can look back on it,” he said. “I appreciate the honor. My parents are proud of me and I’m proud of myself.”
Cameron plans to attend the Community College of Rhode Island in the fall, before moving on to Providence College, the University of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College to study law enforcement.
“Hopefully, I can get an internship,” he said.