By Tyler Kemmer
Boy Scout Troop 34 has been leaving its impact on the Pawling community and beyond for decades. The troop has been chartered for more than 40 years and has been a place for boys from Pawling, Dover, and Wingdale to learn outdoor survival skills, knots, communication skills and leadership qualities. Every year, Troop 34 pulls together to honor our Veterans in the Memorial Day parade. The Pawling Boy Scouts also do an annual spring food drive for the Pawling Resource Center and the Center for Compassion, collecting almost 3,000 pounds of food just this year. Troop 34 participates in Scout Sunday every year at the Pawling Methodist Church to assist in a service to show reverence, which is part of the Scout Law. Each scout troop must be sponsored by a local community organization; for Troop 34 that’s the Pawling United Methodist Church. Currently on our troop’s charter there are 28 boys, 2 scout leaders, and 5 committee members that make up the Pawling Boy Scouts.
Throughout the years, Troop 34 has done countless service projects for the community, including a number of Eagle Scout Projects that have had an impact on the Town and Village of Pawling. Examples of Eagle Projects include building benches at Boyce Park, building a sign at Boyce Park, building the baseball dugouts at Pawling High School, adding a tent platform, and reconstructing a shelter on the Appalachian Trail, replacing the walkway at the Methodist Church in Holmes, and building a long jump for track at Pawling High School.
Some recent projects around the Pawling were carried out by Eagle Scouts Cameron Kemmer, Kenny McDougall, Nick Quartironi, and future Eagle Scouts Christopher Place, Ben Verdesi, and Tyler Kemmer.
Cameron Kemmer worked closely with American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post #215 and the veterans of that post. Cameron finished his project in 2015 after countless hours of hard work. Cameron’s project included replacing the veteran grave markers in the Pawling Cemetery Association, the St. John’s Cemetery, and the Veterans Cemetery; he then created a veterans’ database available to the community so they can locate their family members.
In the following years came Kenny’s and Nick’s projects. Kenny’s project included building four picnic tables for Trinity Pawling to place outside for students and faculty. The tables had cedar tops and pressure treated bottoms. They are used to provide some extra seating at the turf field and the dining hall. Nick’s project entailed constructing a shot put platform and a discus platform for the Pawling High School track team. These were much needed, especially since the high school track team keeps finding success at sectionals and states.
Christopher Place has just finished his project at the John Kane House. He replaced the old worn out stone walkway with a new walkway made of blue stone.
Ben Verdesi also just recently finished his project for the Presbyterian Camp in Holmes. He constructed 16 new bunk beds for the tents at the camp. The camp is host to many different groups including day and residential. These bunk beds replaced ones that had been there for many years.
This summer, Tyler Kemmer completed his project to build a new handicap ramp at the Pawling United Methodist Church as the previous ramp was too steep and unsteady.
In the community of Pawling, it is almost impossible to not be reminded of an Eagle Scout Project wherever you go. These Eagle Scout Projects are only successful because of the dedication of the boys in the troop and the generosity of the community.
While most boys start their scouting career at the cub scout level (Pack 34 in Pawling), there is always the opportunity to begin scouting, starting in the sixth grade, by joining your local scout troop.
Please feel free to contact the author of this article (TJKemmer@gmail.com), if you would like to learn more and join scouting.
Tyler Kemmer will be a senior at Pawling High School this year. He has been involved with scouting since age six.