Boy Scout William O’Leary will be earning his Eagle Scout award on May 19. 

While this honor is always special, it’s especially so for O’Leary, who is the first from Troop 4 to earn the award. Troop 4 was created in 2013 and O’Leary is part of the four founding members.

For his project, he used GPS systems and maps to locate and note the boundaries of five preserves for the North Salem Open Land Foundation. During the process, O’Leary installed a geocache on each of those five preserves, which can be used by the public for recreation. This project helped the Open Land Foundation by making its boundaries more concrete and by providing another use for the preserves. 

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The ceremony for O’Leary begins at 12:30 p.m. at the North Salem High School Auditorium.

Edward Isler, the committee chair for Troop 4, said this about O’Leary: “He is a great example of everything that Scouting holds dear and an excellent leader, teacher and enthusiastic member. He is an excellent role model and friend to all. Though he has an incredibly busy schedule, he never hesitates to teach the youngest members the skills of first aid, fire-building, etc. William has hiked well over a hundred miles, camped more than 50 nights, spent over 150 hours doing community service, and learned innumerable skills through the Boy Scout program.”