According to statistical research provided by the BSA, fewer than 4% of all boys that enter Boy Scouts ever attain the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. Troop 353 has been blessed with several Eagle Scouts over time, averaging about one a year. A considerable amount of Scouting literature has been devoted to the procedures for making Eagle Scout as well as how to customize an Eagle Court of Honor to fit the worthy Eagle candidate. Earlier this summer, troop 353 had the opportunity to celebrate the crowning achievement of Eagle Scout with one of our more proficient scouts and one that many adult Scouters knew all along would successful traverse the trail to Eagle Scout, Daniel A.
Dan’s achievements have been considerable both within Scouting and in his every day life. Dan is a member of the Order of the Arrow, attended Philmont, and during the past two years (a time of substantial growth and procedural changes for the troop) has been the SPL and a Troop Guide. In middle school, he was one of a few students chosen to attend a national youth leadership conference in Washington, DC. In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society at Fordham Prep, a 12-season runner (and Captain) on the Cross-Country / Track & Field team, a Eucharist Minister, Deans’ Council and Campus Ministry Board member. For his school, he completed Service Projects in Appalachia and Ecuador. In addition, he is an usher at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe. Dan also assisted in coaching eight to ten-year-olds in baseball in Yonkers. In sum, Dan has been a natural leader for some time and his abundant leadership qualities are considered to be the standard of excellence for Troop 353 youth leaders. He comes by this gift naturally, as both his father Dave and older brother Joe are also Eagle Scouts!
Dan’s Eagle Court of Honor indeed reflected the core values that have become such an important and integral part of his life. Mr. Brian Carney, from the Campus Ministry at Fordham Prep, gave the opening Invocation. His brother Joe, gave the Eagle Charge for Dan to follow the rest of his life. Additional visiting dignitaries included the mayor of Tuckahoe and a representative from the Supervisor of Eastchester, Westchester County legislator and a representative from the American Red Cross in White Plains (where Dan completed his Eagle Leadership Project). As a testament to the respect Daniel commands, there were a record number of Eagle Scouts present as well as several of the troop’s former scoutmasters. Eagle Scouts hold a special place in our society–they are held to a higher standard by virtue of their own lofty accomplishments. And as Daniel will continue to discover, the coveted award of Eagle Scout will continually benefit him in life in ways that he could never imagine! Memorable photos from Dan’s Eagle Court of Honor. Details on Dan’s Eagle Leadership Project are described here.