Matthew Civelli at his Eagle Scout celebration with his mother, Karen Civelli on August 9. Photo submitted by Karen Civelli.
Matthew Civelli at his Eagle Scout celebration with his mother, Karen Civelli on August 9. Photo submitted by Karen Civelli.
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TORRINGTON — In early August a celebration was held at Elks Pond for Matthew Civelli, 18, who has earned his Eagle Scout rank.
The rank is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts program and, since it was created in 1911, only four percent of all Boy Scouts enrolled have ever earned this rank.
Civelli, who is a member of Troop 23, started his time with the Scouts beginning with the first grade, is the son of Wayne and Karen Civelli.
According to Karen Civelli, Matthew earned 42 merit badges during his scouting years, including Lifesaving, Wilderness Survival, Search and Rescue, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, and Communication.
He traveled to Colorado and New Mexico, and he has also hiked over 90 miles.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a scout must complete a community service project.
Matthew’s Eagle Scout project was a flag retirement pit at Elks Pond.
The pit has been in use for the past two years by the Torrington Elks Lodge #372.
Matthew officially earned his Eagle Scout rank in February.
In an interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Matthew said that he will fondly remember his time with the Scouts.
“Over the time I had with the scouts I earned very valuable life skills,” he said. “I’m not so sure what I’m going to be doing for my future. My main plan is to get into a police department and do that for a few years, then maybe get into a federal career.”
“The future is bright for this young man, who has already displayed his ability to be a true leader,” State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) wrote on his Facebook page about Matthew after the Eagle Scout celebration.

State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) with Matthew and his Eagle Scout project, a flag retirement pit at Elks Pond. Photo via Case’s Facebook page.
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