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Sixteen Boys Advance at Bronxville Boy Scout Troop 5 Court of Honor Including Two to Eagle Scout


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

Jun. 27, 2018: On Monday, June 18, two members of Bronxville's Boy Scout Troop 5 advanced to Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible in Boy Scouts, along with 14 other advancements.

A Court of Honor ceremony was held at The Reformed Church of Bronxville to recognize the journey each Scout has taken and to officially advance Kenny Taylor and Clay Layton to the rank of Eagle.

These two young men join a very elite group—only six percent of all Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle, according to Scouting magazine. Since Troop 5 was officially re-chartered in 1990 by Scoutmaster Ray Pfeister, 77 boys have achieved Eagle. This is a testimony to the strength and commitment of the boys, the adult leadership, and the parents of Troop 5.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is a journey of commitment, learning, skill, and leadership. In Scouting, the path to Eagle typically begins at the age of ten or eleven, usually takes five to seven years to achieve, and must be completed before the age of eighteen. There are 325 requirements to become an Eagle Scout, including thirteen Eagle and nine elective merit badges, and completion of an Eagle Project.

The Eagle Project is a service project conceived of, 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 by groups of 20 or more volunteers managed by the Scout. As Joe Landy noted during his remarks on What It Takes to Become an Eagle Scout: "To quote the 1938 Handbook for Scoutmasters: An Eagle Scout is a young man who is qualified to help others as well as take care of himself. His badge is not a decoration, but rather a symbol of knowledge and ability.

Joseph Landy

The Eagle Court of Honor was well attended by parents, friends, family members, troop members, and many other supporters of the advancing Scouts, including the past Troop 5 Scoutmaster, retired executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America and Silver Buffalo award recipient Joseph Landy. Mr. Landy praised the new Eagle Scouts on their achievement and encouraged them to live the Scout Law, show leadership in life, and continue to give back to their communities. As Mr. Landy administered the Eagle Scout Oath to the new Eagle Scouts for the first time, Kenny and Clay stood together with all attending Eagles.

Kenny Taylor's Eagle Project focused on blazing trails and creating a trail map in Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers, a project that was conceived of while he rode his mountain bike in the park. Clay Layton's project involved cleaning and organizing several food pantries at the CSA Soup Kitchen in Mount Vernon, a place where Clay had volunteered on numerous occasions to make and serve meals over his years in Boy Scouts.

L to R: James Rohr (Star), Isaiah Weir (First Class), Edward Phillips (Star), Hudson Schnier (First Class), and Dev Tarwala (Second Class). 

A standard Court of Honor was also held on June 18, where fourteen Scouts achieved rank advancements. JP Denfeld, Eric Modesitt, and Jeffrey Modesitt advanced to Life Scout, Edward Phillips and James Rohr advanced to Star Scout, Hudson Schnier, Isaiah Weir, and Luke Stinga advanced to First Class Scout, Hunter Denfeld, Austin Lawless, Dev Tarwala, Will Tinson, and Toshi Odaira advanced to Second Class Scout, and Charlie Hodulik advanced to Tenderfoot Scout. In addition, 15 Merit Badges were awarded, including Citizenship in the Community and the World, Architecture, Music, Railroading, Emergency Preparedness, Family Life, Firem'n Chit, and Cooking among others. One Scout, Edward Phillips, completed the prestigious National Youth Leadership Training.

Andrew Mager, Jeffrey Modesitt, Eric Modesitt, and Michael Krajniczyn acted as masters of ceremony for the Court of Honor. Karsten Schnier was master of ceremony for the Eagle ceremony. Luke Stinga shared an opening prayer for both. It was announced that Scoutmaster Kevin Taylor is stepping down after five years of leading the troop, spurring a lengthy standing ovation. Jon Denfeld was named Scoutmaster.

Pictured at top: Eagle Scouts Kenny Taylor (L) and Clay Layton.

Photos by Margaret Mager

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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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