Eagle Scout #91


2013

Matthew John Cassano

A Message from the Scout

I have been a part of Boy Scout Troop 125 for the past 6 years. Boy Scouts has changed my life and has taught me a lot. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and have learned life lessons that can be used even outside of Boy Scouts. I have become a better communicator, developed better leadership qualities and have learned to help those around me who are struggling. Whether it was helping a younger scout to set up their tent, or helping with rank advancement, I learned that it was important for the older scouts to share their knowledge with the younger scouts to help the troop thrive. When I was a younger scout, I was helped by the older scouts then to learn new knots, and new skills. I learned that a troop with only a couple of scouts, who know everything, is not as strong as a troop where all of the scouts are capable of helping with a particular task.

The process of becoming an Eagle Scout is a long jour-ney that has alone taught me a lot. I have been told constantly to get my Eagle Project done from multiple people and not to pro-crastinate. I did this by completing my project at the age of 16. The Eagle project has taught me not to procrastinate because it will save a lot of stress in the long run. Also, I learned that some things are out of my control, and I should just worry about what I can control. Some things pop up and cause a change in plans, and adjustments have to be made to accommodate the sudden changes.

Life after Boy Scouts will be a big change for me. I am currently a junior in High School and still have a little bit to decide where I want to go to college. I know that I want to major in computer science while at college. I really am not sure what college I want to go to because I haven’t really looked yet. In my future endeavors I will carry the lessons that I have learned in scouting with me for the rest of my life and will give what ever I do my full effort and capability.

Eagle Project Description

Epenetus Smith Tavern

Smithtown Historical Society

Smithtown, New York

For my project, I installed a 76 foot by 2.7 foot brick walkway in front of the historical building Epenetus Smith Tavern at the Smithtown Historical Society. To begin, the area around the pathway was cleared, bushes were trimmed, weeds and old bricks were removed. The existing wood border was removed and replaced with a new wood border which was measured and leveled. A weed mat was laid and then the brick walkway was installed.

AWARDS EARNED

  • 2007 Arrow of Light
  • 2007 Scout
  • 2007 Tenderfoot
  • 2008 2nd Class
  • 2009 1st Class
  • 2010 Star
  • 2011 Life
  • 2013 Eagle

ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Science Honor Society
  • Math Honor Society
  • Italian Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • High Honor Roll
  • Advanced Regents Diploma Candidate

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Executive Board, Class of 2014
  • Boys Scholar Athlete Leadership Core
  • Junior Varsity Tennis

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Patrol Leader
  • Troop Guide
  • Assistant Patrol Leader

MERIT BADGES

  • Archery
  • Basketry
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in theNation
  • Citizenship in theWorld
  • Climbing
  • Communications
  • Composite Materials
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Life
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Fishing
  • Geology
  • Leather work
  • Mammal Study
  • Metalwork
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Painting
  • Personal Fitness
  • Personal Management
  • Pottery
  • Safety
  • Sculpture
  • Small Boat Sailing
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Wilderness Survival

MATTHEW'S EXPERIENCES

On Land
Boston, MA
Harriman, NY
Washington, DC
Philadelphia, PA
Antietam National Battlefield, MD
On Water
Lehigh River
Peconic River
Delaware River
Summer Camp
Resica Falls, NJ
Camp Barton, NY
Teasure Island, PA
Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, NY
Trexler Scout Reservation, PA
High Adventure
The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base

Project Photos

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