Alexander Dallendorfer, John Rizzo and Cian Merluccio Achieve the Rank of Eagle Scout

Alexander Dallendorfer, Cian Merluccio & John Rizzo

By Viktoria Dallendorfer and Niamh Hartnett Merluccio, Troop 5 Eagle Scout Parents

May 3, 2023: On Saturday, March 18, 2023, three Scouts from Bronxville Troop 5 - Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Alexander Dallendorfer, a Sophomore at Bronxville High School, John Rizzo and Cian Merluccio, both Seniors at Bronxville High School were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony held at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, Troop 5’s sponsor.

All three of these fine young men have been Scouts for many years; Alexander and John moved up the ranks in Cub Scouts and then onto Boy Scouts, with Cian joining as a Boy Scout. As members of the Eagle Scout Class of 2022 (Alexander and John) and Class of 2023 (Cian), together they joined this prestigious group of Eagle Scouts.

What does it take to Become an Eagle Scout?

Earning the Eagle rank is the greatest achievement of a Boy Scout and is only earned by 4% of Scouts, and it must be completed before turning 18. The Eagle Scout rank is highly respected beyond the Boy Scouts for the challenges, dedication and achievements required and is a recognition of young leaders who have gone above and beyond to help others in their community. It represents the kind of character that is built through companionship, responsibility and self-improvement and requires commitment and planning spanning over several years and hundreds of hours.

To earn the rank of Eagle, each of these young men had to complete 325 requirements, earn at least 21 merit badges, fulfill leadership roles, display outdoor skills, and finally plan, lead and execute an Eagle Service Project which serves the community. The project is funded through donations and organized and executed under the leadership of the Eagle Scout candidate. Each service project is subject to a rigorous approval process at district levels, which is followed by a Scout Master Conference and finally a Board of Review before being awarded the rank of Eagle by the National BSA.

Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony

The well-attended Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony (also known as a Grand Court of Honor) was held in the Sanctuary of The Reformed Church and reflected the contributions and leadership of the three new Eagle Scouts. It was attended by U.S. Congressman Jamaal Bowman (NY District 16), together with Bronxville Village Trustee, William C. Fredricks.

Acting as Master of Ceremony was Roan Merluccio, a Life Scout, brother of Eagle Scout Cian Merluccio. Reverend Dr. Matthew Waterstone (Pastor Matt), the Senior Minister at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, shared some words of wisdom for the Eagle Scouts and led an opening prayer. Mr. Jon Denfeld, past Scout Master of Troop 5, then reviewed scouting’s history in Bronxville, which spans over 90 years, including its most famous scout, President John F. Kennedy, who was a Scout in Troop 2 in Bronxville 1929-31. This was followed by Scout Master Mr. Andi Anderson who spoke about “What It Means to be an Eagle Scout”.

The Eagle Scout Charge was given by Billy Rizzo, a Troop 5 Eagle Scout and brother of Eagle Scout John Rizzo. Troop Committee Chair Mr. Peter Phillips conducted the pinning ceremony, with the help of each Eagle Scout’s parents. Assistant Scoutmaster for Advancement, Angelo Merluccio, presented several awards to the Eagle Scouts and Algonquin District Representative Mr. Mark Schivley also presented awards from the district.

In addition to the Eagle award, each new Eagle Scout were presented with gifts from Troop 5, including a United States flag that has been flown in their respective names over the U.S. Capitol Building, at the request of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. They also each received an Eagle Scout scrapbook with letters of recognition from Scouting, higher education leaders and political leaders, including President Joseph R. Biden, past U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and William J. Clinton.

The Eagle Scouts and their Eagle Service Projects

Below is an overview of each new Eagle Scout’s Eagle Service Project.

Alexander Dallendorfer: Alexander joined Troop 5 from Pack 5 Cub Scouts where he earned the Arrow of Light. In Troop 5, Alexander served as Chaplain’s Aid, Assistant Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. He also designed Troop 5’s 30th Anniversary Patch. For his Eagle Service Project, he created a Food Pantry benefitting The Reformed Church of Bronxville; converting and renovating an existing space in the church and organizing a food drive to support the church’s long history of mission in the Southern Westchester communities.

John Rizzo: John joined Troop 5 from Pack 5  where he earned the Arrow of Light achievement. In Troop 5, John served as Assistant Patrol Leader in 2021 and he will be serving as Assistant Scout Master for the rest of this year. John’s Eagle Service Project was designing, funding and planting a native pollinator garden benefitting the Bronxville Dog Park (Alfredo Field); bolstering the population of important pollinator insects allowing for the ecosystem around them to thrive, while preventing unintentional spread of invasive species. John worked under the guidance and encouragement of Ben Lentz, a longtime BXV resident who has led the beautification of the field by working with other Boy Scouts, the Bronxville Middle School and other neighbors and friends.

Cian Merluccio: Cian joined Troop 5 as a Boy Scout in 2018. In Troop 5, Cian served as Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader and he attended summer camp at Camp Read multiple times, including serving as Senior Patrol Leader. Cian’s Eagle Service Project was building a boot brush cleaning station benefitting the Westchester Park’s Foundation; preventing mitigation damage done by invasive species by cleaning off hikers’ boots. Cian raised $750 in donations towards his project.

Bronxville Troop 5 is an active Troop with so many engaging and fun activities, we would encourage any child interested in being part of our Troop to please come to a meeting and see first-hand the value of being a Boy Scout. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


Community Service Organizations Directory

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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