East Islip senior James Reed recently joined three fellow East Islip High School students involved in local Boy Scout Troop 508 – Scott Cole, Andrew Sharkey and Iain Mawhinney – in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. The efforts of these four young men go far beyond the Eagle designation’s 21 required merit badges. They serve as strong examples of East Islip’s traditional dedication to excellence and community service.
For his Eagle Scout Leadership Project, Reed organized a blood drive at the East Islip Public Library on Feb. 1, yielding 51 donated pints of blood. Reed, an 11-year Scouting veteran, also helped obtain donations for overseas U.S troops via Operation Gratitude. His candidacy was approved on March 28 at the troop’s Eagle Scout Board of Review.
“Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is more than just an honor for hardworking Boy Scouts,” explained Michal Dluginski, senior Sagtikos District executive of the Boy Scouts’ Suffolk County Council. “It is a lifelong badge of success that has carried many men into adulthood as more than just citizens, but also as leaders. Esteemed Eagle Scouts have included the first men to step on the moon, a former U.S. president, numerous successful businessmen and CEOs, and elected officials from all over our country. The Boy Scouts of America of Suffolk County is proud of every young man who earns this badge of honor. We know the hard work and dedication that goes into becoming an Eagle, and we look forward to hearing of their successes throughout life. They will always be Eagles, no matter where they soar.”
The Scouting program is available to students from first grade through high school, including Venturing, a coed program for ages 14 to 21. For more information, visit Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America