to Troop 125
Once I received my Arrow of Light and finished my years in cub scout pack 403, I went on to join Troop 125 in March of 2006, and that was when my career as a boy scout began. To this day, when I reminisce about every-thing I had done with my valuable time in scouts the last seven years, it really makes me think about how I had come to be a candidate for the highest rank in scouting. When I joined the troop, I never really thought about potentially becoming an Eagle Scout. I only really joined because I had fun camping and hanging out with friends while in cub scouts, so Eagle Scout wasn't exactly on my mind. Although, even if I did have Eagle Scout on my mind at the time, it wouldn't have made a difference to what my dad and my brother Max, who joined the troop two years before I did, thought about me in regards to being a boy scout. They thought I would have a hard time transitioning from cub scouts to boy scouts since things in boy scouts weren't as much "mommy and me" as they were in cub scouts. They thought this would dissuade me to continue scouting. It's a good thing they were wrong though because not only did I continue scouting and go on to make new friends and camp more, but I was also able to have the opportunity to earn the rank of Eagle Scout in troop 125.
As my scouting years passed, I took part in other activities and programs aside from boy scouts both in and out of high school. I was an active member of the Hebrew Culture Club, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. I had also chosen to take part in the International Baccalaureate Program. Although I did not take part in the full IB Diploma program, I still challenged myself by taking IB Chemistry, English, History and Spanish, along with other classes. Aside from academia I played the saxophone, one of my favorite things to do in my free time, in the Commack High School marching band, wind ensemble (a selective honors band) and jazz ensemble, as well as in a jazz band with some of my school friends in which we play at school functions, clubs and as volunteer entertainers at local nursing and assisted living homes. I also was a member of USY, United Synagogue Youth, which is a youth group for Jewish teenagers, and throughout my years in USY, I made a lot of great friends. I even held a leadership position for a year on the executive board that was the leadership for the 150-200 USY members in Suffolk County. This position dealt with raising money for charity, doing community service, etc. Now, after graduating from Commack High School in June of 2013, I am attending the University at Buffalo where I am studying engineering and playing on the club ultimate Frisbee team in my free time.
Even though I have moved on from boy scouts, scouting has always been something that I have enjoyed and it has given me so many great opportunities and has impacted and changed my life completely.
For my Eagle Scout service project, I constructed three park benches and a fire pit at the F-Shelter campsite in West Hills County Park. I chose this project because the campsite was in need of places for campers to sit and make fires to cook and stay warm. I also chose this campsite to carry out my project because the troop has used it for their annual Holiday in the Woods Trip on numerous occasions. I wanted to give something back to the park, but at the same time I was able to give something back to the troop as well.