Candidate Haddam Eagle Scout, 17, building stages for a local theater group

HADDAM – A local scout is building a new stage for a local non-profit theater company as part of its Eagle Scout project.

Trevor Izzo, 17, admitted that at first he struggled to find a project to complete for one of the final requirements to reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout is the highest possible advancement rank, according to Boy Scouts of America. In 2019, 8% of all Scouts achieved the rank, according to the website.

“Due to COVID, it was harder to find an Eagle project to work on compared to previous years,” Izzo said.


That’s when he contacted Blue Fire Stage Co., a nonprofit theater company in Haddam that strives to create a collaborative, diverse, and tolerant community through the arts and arts education. The company needed additional and improved staging equipment, and Izzo was happy to deliver it.

“My plan is to build stage platforms and moveable partitions,” Izzo explained. “These additional stage platforms will allow them to mount more complex stage productions. Movable partitions will allow them to make better use of their studio space for workshops and classes.

Izzo said he loves building and is happy to put those skills to good use, but he was also drawn to this project for another reason.

“It’s also important to me that my work continues to help the community,” Izzo said.

He said that starting Tuesday, the 112th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, all that remains is to finish assembling the partitions.

Blue Fire Stage Co. will use the equipment for both educational and entertainment purposes.

For Izzo, the project also means the near completion of his time as a scout, which began in second grade.

“It will mean a lot to me that after my long journey in Scouting, I was finally able to achieve this ultimate goal that I have set in my entire Scouting career,” said Izzo.

He said he enjoyed his time in Scouting because he loves being outdoors, and it gave him a chance to practice skills he might never have learned otherwise. It also gave her many opportunities to experience leadership and independence.

Along with the rest of the members of Haddam’s Troop 44, Izzo enjoyed monthly encampments at land donated to the Troop decades ago by a family in town dedicated to Scouting and the Memorial Day Parade.

Izzo started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the project. So far, the fundraiser has raised $790 of its $1,700 goal. All additional funds will be donated directly to Blue Fire Stage Co. to support their work.

Visit “Eagle Scout – Local Community Theater Project” on gofundme.com.

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