Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly honored four new Eagle Scouts from Deer Park Boy Scout Troop 86 at their Court of Honor, held January 8 at the Constantino Brumidi Lodge in Deer Park.
To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Nicholas Chiatto, Stephen Mendell, Brett Patrick and Robert Punger each had to complete a special project. Mr. Chiatto designed and built a shelf for his Wilson Tech class storage pod with the purpose of improving organization, Mr. Mendell organized a food drive for veterans on behalf of the organization Cooking for Long Island Veterans, Mr. Patrick assembled Easter baskets for families in need at Saint Anne’s Roman Catholic Church and Mr. Punger designed and constructed a “Sensory Box” for special needs students at John F. Kennedy Intermediate School.
Troop 86, currently under the direction of Scoutmaster Robert Kerr, Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Kemp and Charter Representative Phil Maniaci, is celebrating its 50th year.
“I salute Mr. Chiatto, Mr. Mendell, Mr. Patrick and Mr. Punger for their hard work and dedication in becoming Eagle Scouts. As evidenced by their unique and impressive projects, I have no doubt these young men will have much success in their future endeavors,” said Legislator Donnelly. “I would also like to praise and thank all of past and present leaders and scouts in Troop 86 for all that they have done and continue to do for the community.”