After years of Scouting and countless badges, Christopher Doerr and Andrew Steinbeck have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Doerr, a third generation Eagle Scout, constructed a duck hutch at the Westchester Hills School 29 in Yonkers. Students there care for more than a dozen ducks that were hatched as part of a special education curriculum.
He said the original structure was built from scrap materials and was dangerous for children and animals. Doerr, 16, says it also proved impossible to clean, creating an unsafe environment for kids.
Steinbeck refurbished the Sunday school room at the Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville. Before he started, the room was run-down and in desperate need of refurbishment. It also featured a deteriorated wall and water stains on the ceiling.
He started off by emptying and cleaning the entire space. Steinbeck, 17, then re-plastered the wall, constructed new shelves, and reorganized the toys and supplies. The entire room was also repainted.
According to the Boy Scouts of America, approximately five percent of all Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2011. In order to achieve this honor, candidates must serve six months in a troop leadership position, earn 21 merit badges, and take part in a Scoutmaster conference.