Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
Four local boys were awarded the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive at a ceremony on Friday, April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mineola. Matthew Kohl, Kevin Mulder, Jonathan D’Annunzio and Christopher Gavin, from Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 received the Eagle Scout Award for their long term dedication and service to the community. Requirements to becoming an Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating scout spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.
The ceremony began at 7:30 p.m. as the four boys were brought to the front of the Church and honored in front of their parents and friends and fellow Troop 45 members. Pastor Chester Easton and Scout dignitaries gave short speeches praising the young men on their hard work and dedication in becoming the coveted title of Eagle Scouts.
“These four young men have grown so much over the years,” said Pastor Easton. “They should be very proud of the very high ranking they have achieved here tonight.”
Each scout needs to complete an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages to obtain Eagle Scout states. The Eagle Project as it is called must demonstrate that the scout shows both leadership and a commitment to duty. It can be done for the benefit of a religious institution, a school or his community.
Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the village trustees were among the many government officials who made presentations to the four Eagle Scouts. As a Troop 45 alumni as well as an Eagle Scout, and a current Assistant Scoutmaster, Strauss also had the honor of leading the young men in the Eagle Scout Oath. “I’ve been to many Eagle Courts of Honor over the years, but no other Troop does them like Troop 45. This is indeed a proud day for the whole Troop Family.”
Kohl’s project was done at Theodore Roosevelt’s home in Sagamore Hill. He provided leadership and much needed manpower for several jobs that the facility desperately needed.
Mulder helped to restore the trails at the Muttontown Preserve for his Eagle Project. He was extremely helpful and showed leadership by widening and clearing all of the horse and hiking trails and also restored trail markers.
D’Annunzio was instrumental in helping to restore the Clark Gardens Children’s Garden. In the course of his project he reconfigured the garden, constructed new garden boxes and created a new work table area.
Gavin’s project was to make and distribute 150 care packages with toiletries in them for homeless veterans living on Long Island. To acquire the materials necessary to build the kits he hosted a benefit concert at Mineola High School, organizing and acting as Master of Ceremonies at the show.
“The uniqueness of the Eagle Scout Award and the special attributes that an individual must possess to earn the Eagle Award, make achievement of that honor something that is admired by all,” said Scoutmaster Steve Grosskopf. “I am certain that these young men will continue to serve and to help others with the same commitment and dedication that they have demonstrated by earning the Eagle Scout Award.”
Troop 45 meets at the First Presbyterian Church every Tuesday night as it has since 1946.