Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Town Board honored an outstanding group of Eagle Scouts and Gold Award recipients during a ceremony held at the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick on Saturday, June 13th.
The Town of Hempstead is home to more than 150 Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, which were invited to the 10th Annual Scout Recognition ceremony. Murray presented each Scout in attendance with official town certificates and special patches to commemorate their rise to the highest levels in Scouting.
“Today is the grand culmination of many years of hard work and service to the community on the behalf of our town’s Scouts,” Murray said. “Many of these youngsters, who began their Scouting journey as kindergarteners, are now preparing for college and beyond. I’m proud to honor these fine young men and women, who represent our society’s future leaders.”
During the ceremony, Murray was joined by several Scout officials, including Girl Scouts of Nassau County CEO Donna Ceravolo and Board President Wanda Jackson; and Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America Scout Executive Jay Garee and Volunteer President Steve Grosskopf.
Baylee Kilfoil-Greaves, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient from Roosevelt, spoke to the group about her project, which focused on working with local nursing homes to help senior citizens feel connected and happy by creating an art project entitled “Artists with Smiles”. Following the event, honorees and their guests were invited to tour the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve, a special sanctuary for plant and wildlife, as well as a popular nature and recreational destination for residents.
“The Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve is such a fantastic venue to honor the Boy
Murray Honors Hempstead Town’s Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Recipients at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve
Scouts and Girl Scouts, since protection of the environment has always been one of their most important missions,” Murray said. “I congratulate them on their outstanding achievement in reaching the premier levels of Eagle Scout and Gold Award.”