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Troop 5 Eagle Scout Tim Cushman Reaches Highest Rank in Scouting


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

Apr. 10, 2019: On Sunday, March 24, Bronxville resident Tim Cushman advanced to Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible in Boy Scouts. An Eagle Court of Honor ceremony was held at The Reformed Church. 

Eagle Scouts are an elite group—only four percent of all Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. Since Troop 5 was officially re-chartered in 1990 by then Scoutmaster Ray Pfeister, who was in attendance, 78 members have achieved Eagle, with 38 reaching Eagle since 2010. Boasting three generations of Eagle Scouts, the Cushmans are a particularly dedicated Scout family. In attendance was John C. Cushman, III, Tim’s grandfather, past national president (2004-2006) of the Boy Scouts of America.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is a journey of commitment, learning, skill, and leadership. In Scouting, the path to Eagle typically takes five to seven years to achieve and must be completed before the age of 18. There are 325 requirements to become an Eagle Scout, including an Eagle Project. Attaining Eagle is a testimony to the strength and commitment of the Scout, the adult leadership, and the family of every Eagle Scout. 

The Eagle Project is a service project conceived of and 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 exceed 200 man-hours of work with groups of 20 or more volunteers managed by the Scout.   

Tim’s Eagle project was to rebuild a greenhouse and refurbish dilapidated garden beds at the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry. Tim noted in his remarks, “I contacted twelve organizations before I found the perfect project and received approvals from the Children’s Village and the Westchester Boy Scout Council. I was surprised by this. It took more time than I expected to organize the project. In the end, it was a big success and very gratifying to see the new greenhouse.”

The Children’s Village was founded in 1851. Today it serves more than 10,000 children and families each year, helping society’s most vulnerable children become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities.

The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was well attended by parents, friends, family members including all of Tim’s grandparents, troop members, and many other supporters. Jason Cushman, Tim’s brother, spoke about what it takes to become an Eagle. Rich Stockton, Westchester Scout executive, administered the Eagle Scout Oath and pronounced Tim an Eagle Scout. Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Mager conducted the pinning and neckerchief ceremonies, while Assistant Scoutmaster Vince LaVecchia acknowledged the many adult leaders supporting Troop 5 now and in the past. Scoutmaster Jon Denfeld said, “An Eagle Scout has learned discipline and teamwork and how to apply them in his daily living. He has perseverance and determination; he must if he is to attain Eagle rank.”

One of the highlights of the ceremony was Troop 5’s gift to its new Eagle Scout--a version of what the Scout Law’s twelve points mean to Tim’s fellow Scouts in their own words. This was presented by several Troop 5 members:  Giovanni LaVecchia (historical overview); Andrew Mager (trustworthy, obedient); JP Denfeld (loyal, cheerful); Will Tinson (helpful, thrifty); Edward Phillips (friendly, brave); Marco LaVecchia (courteous, clean); and Hunter Denfeld (kind, reverent). Ben Mehler acted as master of ceremonies, Andrew Mager conducted the Pledge of Allegiance, Will Tinson led the Scout Oath, the Reverend Michael Bird from Christ Church shared an opening prayer, Hudson Schnier, Aiden Olivari, and Hunter Denfeld performed Color Guard duties, and Jeffrey Modesitt played reveille and taps on the bugle to open and close the ceremony.

In addition, the troop gave Tim an Eagle scrapbook to hold letters and certificates from dignitaries and other Eagle memorabilia. Tim has received letters, with more to come, from United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, NY Senator Chuck Schumer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Mary Marvin, Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, Jr, Commanding Officer US Navy EC Doyle, Lieutenant General US Army Robert Caslen, Jr, Colonel US Army & Admission Director West Point Deborah McDonald, and Brigadier General US Air Force Edward Thomas, Jr, and certificates from NASA and the National Park Service. 

Pictured here (L to R): Chip Cushman, Tim Cushman, Tammy Cushman.

Photo courtesy the Cushman family

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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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