"Being an Eagle Scout is more than just being able to tie a square knot and start a fire by rubbing two sticks together," said Alan Rieper, 66, of Marblehead, a member of the executive board and treasurer of the Yankee Clipper Council.
This year's Eagle Scout class was recognized in honor of Rieper
, a Staten Island, N.Y., native who has remained active in Scouting since earning his
Eagle Scout badge 51 years ago.
"When you've become Eagle, it's something you live later in life from all the skills you master, and it's the major part of the successes you achieve," he
Scouting days for the successful career he
enjoyed on Wall Street for three decades as a senior security analyst for several firms, including Citibank
and Morgan Stanley
.Rieper is a charter member and president of the Yankee Clipper Council's Eagle Scout Association , a group that numbers more than 900 Eagles who continue to support the program years after they earned their badge.