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Claremont Scout Earns Eagle Rank

Connor Theroux, of Claremont , recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His Court of Honor was last month at Grace River Church in Claremont.  Photograph by Carolyn Calderwood

Connor Theroux, of Claremont , recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His Court of Honor was last month at Grace River Church in Claremont. Photograph by Carolyn Calderwood

Claremont — Connor Theroux, a member of Troop 38 in Claremont, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank available in Scouting. For his Eagle Scout project, Theroux built 16 bat houses and installed them in Veterans, Moody and Monadnock parks in Claremont.

The idea came from a book about bat conservation he borrowed from his scoutmaster and mentor, Bruce Edwards.

Using a “pretty simple” design from the book, Theroux and several volunteers built the boxes last summer. Local businesses donated the wood and paint for the project. So far, no bats have moved in.

“Bats generally don’t come until late spring,” said Theroux, who plans to watch the houses for signs of life.

Theroux is a member of the Order of the Arrow and served as senior patrol leader for two years. A senior at Stevens High School, he plans to attend Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass.

— Aimee Caruso