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Monday
Sep262016

It Takes A Leader To Make An Eagle Scout

Matinecock District (BSA) Trains Scouting Leaders to become an “Eagle Scout Coach”

On Wednesday evening, September 14th, over 70 Scout leaders and volunteers gathered at Hauppauge High School for a two-hour seminar on becoming an Eagle Scout Coach.  The training was provided by the Matinecock District, Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America.  It was led by Matinecock District Advancement Chair David Hunt and Past Chair Herb McGrail, who have a combined 30 years experience in coaching Boy Scouts to attain the Eagle Scout Rank.  Participants were led through Eagle Scout Service Project, a community service project that takes an average of 9 to 12 months for an Eagle Scout candidate to complete.  Eagle Scout Coach is now an official adult position in the Boy Scouts of America. 

“”Last year, 90 Scouts achieved Eagle Scout Rank in the Matinecock District,” explained Mr. Hunt, “and our objective is to increase that number every year.  The service projects that they provide not only benefit our communities, but they are also a springboard for providing leadership experience to our young men, and giving them confidence in their leadership abilities.” Plans are to offer this training seminar twice a year, so the next one will be early next year.   The date has not yet been set.  

Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves over 12,000 youth, boys and girls, and is powered by over 2,000 adult volunteers. For more information about the Cub Scout or Boy Scout programs, please contact the Suffolk County Council (BSA) at (631) 924-7000.