Three Boy Scouts from Troop 165 were recently promoted to Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Michael Irving Buchwald, Christian Xavier Gummerson and Joseph Richard Volpato to celebrate their achievements.

Court of Honor signifies a Boy Scout’s promotion to Eagle Scout. Becoming an Eagle Scout is achieved through hard work, with the recipient required to have earned at least 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership and have a positive impact on society. 

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The Scouts are required to complete a project that benefits their community before ascending into the ranks of Eagle Scout. 

Michael Irving Buchwald chose to contribute to his temple, Temple Beth Am in Yorktown Heights, by adding a 6-sided Peace Pole to the grounds. The pole reads “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in 6 different languages: English, Hebrew, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic and Sanskrit. A Peace Pole is used to promote peace and prayer throughout the world. In addition to building and erecting the Peace Pole, Michael also added a rock garden around the structure, cleaned, weeded and mulched the temple grounds.

Christian Xavier Gummerson wanted to create a makerspace, a space generally used for people with similar interests to come together to create, build, and learn, for the John C. Hart Memorial Library. However, the library did not have the adequate space to dedicate a room to a permanent makerspace, so Christian designed, built and gathered materials for a mobile STEAM makerspace cart that would allow any room in the library to transform into one.

Joseph Richard Volpato, an avid reader, wanted to share his love of literature with others. He installed four Little Free Libraries in his community so that others would have access to literature. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that has over 80,000 book exchange boxes around the world. Joseph built and installed the Little Free Library book exchanges in hopes to inspire others and bring the community and families together.