MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After seven year of hard work, many milestones and achievements Dylan Halmy and Theo Martine of Boy Scout Troop 371 were presented with their Eagle Scout awards earlier this summer.

Through their time in scouting, they participated in many activities, service projects and camping trips. On their way to Eagle Scout, they learned many skills such as camping, cooking, first aid, emergency preparedness, citizenship, swimming, family life communications and life skills. They learned leadership, working together with others, self-reliance and self-esteem while being active members of our troop and the Mahopac community.

Dylan’s Eagle Scout service project involved the restoration of a long-abandoned Continental Army site from the American Revolution. The site, located in Putnam Valley, included a house and barn that were burned. The site was used as a medical station for American soldiers during the Revolutionary War. With the help of the town historian, Dylan learned about the significance and importance of the site. After clearing the area to reveal the remains of the old foundations, a historical marker was installed near the site. In addition to his Eagle Scout award, Dylan also earned three Eagle palms for earning a total of 40 merit badges.

Theo’s Eagle Scout service project was done at American Legion Post 1080.  With respect for our military and veterans, Theo improved the ceremonial area in front of the Legion Hall by adding a permanent lectern and benches for the elderly and handicapped veterans who attend the ceremonies.  Funds for the project were donated by the Sons of the American Legion, which also helped with the project. The installation of the lectern and benches required determining the exact positions in the ceremonial area, drilling holes in the concrete decking and assembling and mounting them using threaded rods, wood and additional concrete to secure them. The project was accomplished with the help of members of the troop and the American Legion. Theo earned 22 merit badges and served in several leadership positions.