Community Service: Eastchester Eagle Scout earns highest rank through Red Cross assist

We’re instituting a section called “In the News” for Troop 353, to link you to Scout coverage in local news media. The first installment comes from the Review Press newspaper, with coverage of Dan Altenau’s Eagle project at the Red Cross headquarters. Reporter Janie Rosman wrote a great piece on Dan’s project – here’s some of it:

Next time the American Red Cross’ Westchester chapter finds its emergency supplies in a hurry it can thank Dan Altenau.

Altenau, a member of Boy Scout Troop 353 in Eastchester, had earned the merit badges and completed the leadership requirements for Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

The only remaining condition was his final project.

During one day each in December and in January, Altenau took inventory of and organized supplies at the ARC in White Plains with help from fellow scouts.

“I wanted something challenging that would help the community,” said Altenau, a senior at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. “My older brother Joseph helped with the Tuckahoe Time Capsule for his Eagle project. I wanted to follow his example.”

He worked against the clock, too, since the undertaking had to be completed before his 18th birthday on Feb. 3. Once he’s 18, the Boy Scouts consider him an adult.

There’s a lot more, and if you want to read the rest, visit the Review Press site.

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