Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Derek Gall goes after prestigious Eagle Scout award

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RANDOLPH — Boy Scouting is more than an extracurricular activity for Randolph’s Derek Gall.

It has made a large impact on his life, he said.

“I highly advise Scouting,” Gall said. “It’s about trying to achieve the greater object in life and being a better citizen to your community.”

Gall has been a Boy Scout for six years and is currently in the process of completing the requirements for the Eagle Scout award, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program.

Reaching the Eagle Scout rank is a “huge deal,” he said.

If he meets the requirements, Gall will hold the title of “Eagle Scout” for life.

According to the Boy Scouts of America website, since the rank’s introduction in 1911, it has been earned by more than 1.7 million young men.

Gall is the son of Benjamin and Jean Gall, Randolph. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 208 and a senior at Randolph Public High School.

The 17-year-old has been planning, organizing, leading and managing a service project as part of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Rank.

His service project included painting the school’s band/choir room.

As a band and choir member, Gall has been spending time in the room since he was in seventh grade. It had never been updated or repainted since the building was built, he said.

“It was gross … there were black marks all over the walls,” Gall added.

Randolph Public High School donated paint and materials for Gall to paint the room.

“They were very supportive about the whole project,” he said.

On Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, he gathered additional help, and the group painted the entire room white. Nine people helped throughout the two days.

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