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Boy Scout Troop 5 Holds Court of Honor; Fourteen Scouts Advance Rank


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

Nov. 8, 2017:  On Monday, October 23, Boy Scout Troop 5 held a Court of Honor ceremony. Fourteen Scouts advanced rank and 126 merit badges were awarded to 34 Scouts--a new record!

In Scouting, there are seven ranks and more than 135 merit badges a Scout can earn. In order to advance, all candidates must participate in a Scoutmaster Conference and pass a Board of Review.

Upon crossing over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, a boy must first earn the rank of Scout. After that, in order to reach the next rank, Tenderfoot, he must then learn basic knots, help on camping trips, and become proficient in other Scout skills. Quinn McCarthy advanced to Scout. New Tenderfoot Scouts are Toshi Odaira, Jeffrey Rohr, Luke Stinga, and Andreas Wimmersoff.

To earn Second Class, a Scout must learn how to use a map and compass; how, when, and where to build a campfire; and how to safely use pocketknives and wood tools. Second Class Scouts have proven their abilities in camping, first aid, swimming, and other Scout skills. Scouts who advanced to Second Class are John Rizzo and Albert Van Ness.

In order to achieve First Class, Scouts must learn how to use a compass and learn about nutrition and must have cooked for their patrol, spoken with civic leaders, learned lashings and how to tie a bowline, and passed the BSA swimmer test, and they must be prepared to administer all kinds of First Aid. Scouts who advanced to First Class are Willem Bender and Edward Phillips.

To earn the rank of Star, the focus shifts to developing leadership skills and earning four merit badges of the twelve required to make Eagle Scout. They must also complete hours of community service. Star Scouts are expected to provide leadership, guidance, and inspiration to younger Scouts. Marco La Vecchia, Mack Layton, Andrew Mager, and Tora Ozawa advanced to Star.

In order to become a Life Scout, a Scout must be active in his troop in one or more positions of responsibility for at least six months as a Star Scout. He must demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. He must earn five more merit badges (so that he will have 11 in all) and participate in six hours of service. At least three hours of this service must be conservation related. While a Star Scout, he must use the Teaching EDGE method to teach another Scout (preferably younger) certain skills he will need as a Scout. Karsten Schnier advanced to Life

As demonstrated by the rank advancements and merit badges awarded, Troop 5 has been very active in 2017. But there is so much more going on in Troop 5.  

Seven Scouts from Bronxville Troop 5 attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree from July 19 to 28 at the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The Jamboree happens every four years and attracts some 45,000 Scouts, adult leaders, volunteers, and exhibitors. Many months of preparation are required to attend, including practice cooking, camping, and packing a special duffle, as each Scout is allowed only one bag and must cook his meals for ten days straight!

It is a tradition for the President of the United States to speak at the Boy Scout Jamboree. This time President Donald Trump spoke on July 24, creating some controversy with his remarks, leading to an apology by the BSA to angry parents. Troop 5 Scouts who attended Jambo were Giovanni LaVecchia, Eric Modesitt, Jeffrey Modesitt, Peter Vorbach, JP Denfeld, Andrew Mager, and James Rohr.  Adult leaders from Troop 5 were Assistant Scoutmasters Will Rabsey and Brian Modesitt and Scoutmaster Jon Denfeld.

Also in July of 2017, twenty-nine Troop 5 Scouts spent a week at Camp Read in the Adirondacks, where there were numerous opportunities to earn merit badges and complete requirements for rank advancement. Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Mager led the adventures at Camp Read this year.

There were also six Polar Bear awards, one Adirondack Challenge, ten Totin Chips, two Order of the Arrow ordeals, and two Camp Yawgood attendees, and one Scout completed Trail to Eagle. 

Troop 5 is a very active Troop, offering many opportunities for boys to learn valuable life skills while having tons of fun.

Pictured here (L to R):  Andrew Mager (Star), Quinn McCarthy (Scout), Marco La Vecchia (Star), Xavier Layton (Star), Edward Phillips (First Class).

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


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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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