Dylan Poley was recently awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor ceremony held by Boy Scout Troop 97 of Neversink on December 5 at Frost Valley YMCA's Geyer Hall. Town of Neversink …
Dylan Poley was recently awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor ceremony held by Boy Scout Troop 97 of Neversink on December 5 at Frost Valley YMCA's Geyer Hall. Town of Neversink Supervisor Chris Mathews presented a resolution from NYS Senator Mike Martucci and a certificate of appreciation from the Town of Neversink.
Poley completed his requirements for the rank of Eagle through years of leadership and skill acquisition, earning a total of 41 merit badges, considerably more than the required 21.
His Eagle service project, sponsored by the Town of Neversink, involved the removal of the old rusty chain-link fence around the Pond Hill Cemetery on Myers Road and replacing it with a more aesthetically pleasing split rail fence, which will be much easier for the town to maintain.
The purpose of an Eagle project is to show leadership through the planning and execution of a project that will benefit the community.
Poley has been a member of the Boy Scouts since joining Cub Scouts as a first grader. He earned the highest Cub Scout award, the Arrow of Light, and now has received the highest award in Scouting award, Eagle.
Poley is a student at Tri-Valley and is a member of the varsity football, basketball, and wrestling teams.
Troop 97 has another scout currently working on his Eagle project. Ethan Raykoff, son of Eagle Scout and troop committee chairman Erik Raykoff, is leading a group of volunteers to build three mini lending libraries that will be placed at Neversink parks in the spring. The Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville will be supplying the initial stock of books.
Once up and running, people can take a book to read or leave a book they have finished. Raykoff is also a student at Tri-Valley and is involved in band and Taekwondo martial arts.
Troop 97 Scoutmaster Neil Terwilliger had praise for the scouts in his troop.
“Projects by the scouts give them an opportunity to develop leadership skills and help out the community,” he said. “It’s a win-win.”
Anyone interested in joining the Cub Scouts or Scouting BSA should contact the Greater Hudson Valley Council at ghvbsa.org  or BeAScout.org to find the location of the nearest unit.
Scouting programs are now available to all youth, regardless of gender.
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