Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00
Gerard DeAngelis of Troop 200 in Williston Park achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on May 15. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Earning the Eagle Scout award is no easy feat: Of the more than 115 million boys who have participated in Scouting, less than 4 percent of all scouts will achieve this rank. In 2012, the average age of a boy earning the rank was age 17.
DeAngelis, 13, has been in scouting since he was 7 years old, first in Cub Scouts at Saint Peter’s of Alcantara School and later bridging to Troop 241 in Port Washington. After one year with Troop 241, DeAngelis wanted share his scouting experience with his two cousins (both Eagle Scoutd) and switched to their troop in Troop 2300.
To achieve the rank of Eagle, an extensive service project is required. The scout must plan, organize, lead and manage all aspects of this project.
DeAngelis’ project was to build an information kiosk and bench for the new Bee Exhibit at the Sands Point Preserve. Along with Jean Marie Posner of the Sands Point Preserve, DeAngelis wanted to provide a place for the preserve to display information about the bee’s activities during each season. In addition, they wanted a place for people to sit and watch the bees.