Ferry launches military career as an Eagle

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New Eagle Scout Joseph Ferry gives his Scoutmaster father an Eagle pin.

GALLOWAY – Boy Scout Troop 77’s newest Eagle Scout is Joseph Leo Ferry IV – so naturally everyone calls him Joey.

It doesn’t hurt that everyone also knows Joseph Leo Ferry III, the Troop 77 scoutmaster.

“I never gave him any advantage,” the scoutmaster said. “In fact he’d always get the wet sleeping bag or the tent with the broken zipper.”

It was good training, the latest of about 10 recent Troop 77 Eagle Scouts said.

The daughter of Sherri and Joseph Ferry, he said both his parents have been fully supportive throughout his Scouting career.

His Eagle Scout project, Ferry said, involves helping youngsters.

“I helped create the entrance to the children’s discovery area at the (Edwin B.) Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge,” Ferry said. “The planning took a while. I met with a lot of people – about 25 hours total. The physical project took six hours on a Saturday.”

Ferry, 18, is a 2012 Absegami High School graduate.

“I’m in the Army National Guard,” he said. “This is a scheduled training weekend but I got excused.”

The Army National Guard regards Eagle courts of honor pretty highly.

“The regulations say you can only be excused for something special,” Ferry said. “The example they give is for a wedding.”

He’s based out of North Jersey doing aircraft structural repair.

“I’m basically fixing aircraft,” Ferry said. “I’ll be leaving soon for basic military training. When I come back I’m going to start college – either at Stockton or Montclair.”

Connie Goldman was Ferry’s mentor, and she told a tale on him at the ceremony. On his first camping trip he refused to take a shower because he saw spiders and bugs in the shower stall.

“I had to check for him,” she said. “There were some daddy longlegs and some other things – nothing that was scary to me. I cleaned out a couple of bugs. He finally took his shower, but I had to stand guard outside.”

She held up a picture of a very young Joey Ferry “for those of you who forget the face.” She listed some of his Scouting accomplishments through the years.

“And he’s grown up into a self-motivated young man,” Goldman said.

Freeholder Richard Dase presented a plaque from the Freeholder Board and congratulated Ferry for his accomplishments.

Scouts lined up to present letters and commendations. Each Scout, after delivering his item went to the end of the line, all returning several times until all the messages were delivered. There were more than 20 congratulations.

County Executive Dennis Levinson proclaimed Sept. 15 Eagle Scout Joseph Ferry Day in Atlantic County.

The scoutmaster said he was a proud father and was glad to wear a plain suit for the occasion.

“I want to thank everyone who has ever participated in anything Troop 77 has done,” Ferry said. “You are all part of our celebration here today.”

Invitations from Sherri and Joseph Ferry III to the event at Emmaus United Methodist Church said they looked forward to having people join them in Joseph’s attaining the highest rank in Scouting.

“It has been a wonderful journey with our son through the tasks that have tried his workmanship, dedication to, and compassion towards his Scout Troop 77 over these many years,” the invitation read.

Welcoming remarks were made by Harry Goldman. Opening and closing prayers were delivered by Rev. Delloyd Green, pastor of the church.

Scout leader Shawn Hershman convened the court of honor. Ferry pinned his parents and mentor.

Senior Patrol Leader Collin Weiner delivered the Eagle charge.

Sherri Ferry gets an Eagle pin from her son Joseph. Sherri Ferry gets an Eagle pin from her son Joseph.

Connie Goldman is honored for mentoring Eagle Scout Joseph Ferry. Connie Goldman is honored for mentoring Eagle Scout Joseph Ferry.

Senior Patrol Leader Collin Weiner, right, delivers the Eagle Charge. Other Eagle Scouts joined in the message to new Eagle Joseph Ferry. Senior Patrol Leader Collin Weiner, right, delivers the Eagle Charge. Other Eagle Scouts joined in the message to new Eagle Joseph Ferry.

Freeholder Richard Dase tells Ferry how great his accomplishment is. Freeholder Richard Dase tells Ferry how great his accomplishment is.

Ferry’s fellow Scouts take turns making presentations and getting at the end of the line to come forward again. More than 20 presentations were read. Ferry’s fellow Scouts take turns making presentations and getting at the end of the line to come forward again. More than 20 presentations were read.


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