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Bronxville Boy Scout Troop 5 Awards Eagle Scout Rank to Four Scouts


By Margaret Mager, Bronxville Boy Scout Troop 5 Community Service Liaison    

Mar. 29, 2017:  On Sunday, March 19, Bronxville's Boy Scout Troop 5 awarded the Eagle Scout rank to four troop members: Anthony Crinieri, Michael Landy, Jack O'Neill, and Charlie Vorbach Jr. 

These four young men join an elite group. Only 7% of all Scouts reach Eagle, the highest and most prestigious rank awarded in Scouting. The award is a performance-based achievement that these young men will be recognized for throughout their lives. As the saying goes, "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle." 


National Boy Scouts of America Honors Troop 5

An Eagle Court of Honor ceremony is always a special event, but on this occasion, Troop 5 was honored with the presence of the highest-ranking executive in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh flew in from BSA headquarters in Irving, TX, to deliver the Eagle Scout Oath and the evening's keynote speech at St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville. Also in attendance was Bronxville's Mayor Mary Marvin, other BSA executives from both the national and the Westchester-Putnam councils, as well as 14 Eagle Scouts who had previously earned their awards. 

The reason Mr. Surbaugh made the effort to attend is that, in his own words, "Bronxville Troop 5 is one of the leading troops in the nation and [he wanted] to personally deliver a message of thanks and congratulations to the troop and, more specifically, the four new Eagle Scouts." He does not do this as a matter of course and it was a huge day for Bronxville scouting, the Eagle Scouts and their families, and over 200 guests who packed the St. Joseph's gymnasium.  The ceremony took place following the 5:00 pm mass at St. Joseph's, which honored the four Eagle Scout parishioners and their accomplishments. 

Chief Scout Executive Delivers Message of Inclusiveness 

Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh's main message was one of inclusion, leadership, and the demonstrated character development that today's youth experience and hone through participation in activities like Scouting and athletics. However, he pointed out, unlike high school athletics where many kids don't make "the cut" and are left behind at young ages, there is no cut in Scouting. Scouting is open to all youth who have the desire and motivation to join and persist.  

The ultimate achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout is a lifelong honor that can be attained by any Scout who devotes himself to many years of hard work, social service, and demonstrated leadership. Studies show the significant positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society from holding leadership positions in their workplaces and communities, to voting and volunteering, to protecting the environment, and to being prepared for emergencies. 

There are many famous Eagle Scouts, including current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; current U.S. Attorney General Jeff SessionsNeil Armstrong, first man on the moon; Stephen G. Breyer, associate justice, United States Supreme Court; J. Willard Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International; Steven Spielberg, Academy Award-winning film director; John Tesh, recording artist and performer; Togo D. West Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and Dr. Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and the BSA's 35th national president. 

Troop 5 Among the Best in the U.S. 

Troop 5 is considered among the top troops in the United States because of: 

  • its notable outdoor adventure program, including numerous camping, hiking, and ski outings;

  • its record of advancement, having produced 26 Eagle Scouts in the last 5 years (66 since 1990). Notably, this is the troop's second Eagle Court of Honor in 2017; the first was on January 8 when Daniel Tucci and Will Rabsey were awarded Eagle;

  • its record of giving and national involvement. Troop 5 built the climbing wall and the Jack Coughlin outpost at Camp Read in the Adirondacks and was a leader in developing a national fundraiser around "Good Turn Daily" coffee promoted by the BSA; and 

  • its leadership. Past Troop 5 Scoutmaster Joe Landy is the treasurer and an executive board member of the National Boys Scouts of America organization. 


Becoming an Eagle Scout

In Scouting, the path to Eagle typically begins at the age of 10 or 11, usually takes 5 to 7 years to achieve, and must be completed before the age of 18. Supporting and encouraging each other for the past 12 years, Crinieri, Landy, O’Neill, and Vorbach began as Cub Scouts in first grade.

There are 325 requirements that must be completed to become an Eagle Scout, including completion of 21 merit badges and an Eagle Project. The Eagle Project is a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or the community that is conceived, planned, funded, organized, and executed under the leadership of the Eagle Scout candidate. 

An Eagle Scout service project can take months to plan and easily exceeds 200 man-hours of work with groups of 20 or more volunteers managed by the Scout. The primary purpose of the Eagle Scout service project is to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Related to this are important lessons in project management and taking responsibility for a significant accomplishment.


The Eagle Projects

At the ceremony, a display area showcased each of the new Eagle Scouts' journey as a Scout as well as each Scout's impressive Eagle Project work. All four Scouts' Eagle Projects focused on facility and ground improvement projects at organizations that benefit the environment, low-income students, sheltered animals, and the general public. Anthony Crinieri's project benefitted the Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers; Michael Landy's project transformed the eighth-grade classroom library at KIPP Infinity, a charter school in Harlem; Jack O’Neill'’s project benefitted the Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter; and Charlie Vorbach’s project benefitted the Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers.


Court of Honor Ceremony

One of the highlights of the evening was Troop 5's gift to the new Eagle Scouts--a version of what the Scout Law's 12 points mean to their fellow Scouts in their own words. This was presented by twelve Troop 5 members: Sasha Capasso (trustworthy); Marco LaVecchia (loyal); Mack Layton (helpful); Karsten Schnier (friendly); Christian Kirchman (courteous); Billy Rizzo (kind); Hunter Denfeld (obedient); Andrew Mager (cheerful); Michael Krajniczyn (thrifty); Will Tinson (brave); Albert Van Ness (clean); and, JP Denfeld (reverent). 

The well-attended and uplifting ceremony reflected the contributions of many Troop 5 Scouts and leaders. Peter Vorbach and Marco Crinieri acted as master of ceremonies, Tim Cushman conducted the Pledge of Allegiance, Xavier Layton, Giovanni LaVecchia, and Sebastian Proano performed Colors of the Flag candle lighting, Karsten Schnier led the Scout Oath, Father Raymond Rafferty shared an opening prayer, and Andrew Mager and James Rhee performed Color Guard duties for the ceremony.

Scoutmaster Kevin Taylor provided opening remarks and commendations to the Eagles and concluded with a reflection inspired by Women’s History Month on the importance of women, especially moms, in Scouting. Troop Committee Chair John Layton conducted the pinning ceremony and neckerchief presentation, always wonderful moments. Past Scoutmaster Joe Landy spoke about what it takes to become an Eagle.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Eagles were presented with a United States flag that had been flown over the US Capitol Building, a gift from the Troop via the office of U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel. Each Eagle also received written letters of recognition from past U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

Pictured here:  At top (L to R): National BSA Treasurer Joe Landy, Eagle Scouts Charlie Vorbach Jr., Anthony Crinieri, Michael Landy, and Jack O'Neill, National BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, and Troop 5 Scoutmaster Kevin Taylor; photos below the top:  Anthony Crinieri; Michael Landy; Jack O'Neill; and Charlie Vorbach Jr. 

Photo by Margaret Mager, Bronxville Boy Scout Troop 5 Community Service Liaison



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Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. 

Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. 

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. 

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” 

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. 

Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” 

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”



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