Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Town Board honored an impressive group of Eagle Scouts and Gold Award recipients during a special ceremony held on Saturday, June 7th at the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick.
The Town of Hempstead’s approximately 200 Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipients were invited to the 9th 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.
“Achieving the highest ranks in the world of Scouting is a grand culmination of many years of hard work and service to the community,” Murray said. “Some of these youngsters started their Scouting journey as kindergarteners, and 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 also joined by Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad and 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, Council President Salvatore Ciampo and Council Commissioner Eric Anderson. Wild by Nature was the sponsor of the annual event.
Krista Longobardi, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient from Floral Park, spoke to the group about her project, which focused on finding homes for homeless pets, and educating her community on pet care and adoptions. 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.
“Protecting the environment has always been an important mission for Boy and Girl Scouts, which makes the ecological showcase that is the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve a great venue to honor our some of our finest young men and women,” Murray said. “I congratulate them on their outstanding achievement in reaching the premier levels of Eagle Scout and Gold Award.”