Tappan Zee High School junior Adam Garvey recently earned Eagle Scout rank after completing a monument beautification project for the James H. Anderson American Legion Post #1199 in Orangeburg. Eagle Scout is a milestone accomplishment and the highest achievement a Boy Scout can earn. Just 6.5% of eligible scouts earn this rank.
For his project, Garvey installed pavers to create a patio and pathway, benches and plantings to beautify the space surrounding a monument in tribute to three employees of Rockland State Psychiatric Center who fought in World War II and bricks with the names of local veterans and their years and branches of service. One brick honors Kevin Garvey (US Coast Guard, 1956-1961), Adam’s grandfather.
Garvey began scouting at age 6 with Tiger Scout Pack 55 in Blauvelt and moved on to join Boy Scout Troop 78 in Nanuet four years later. “As I advanced and got older, new activities became available to me, such as a 50-mile kayaking trek through Lake Champlain last summer,” he says. “The community service projects I’ve been a part of have been most meaningful to me. Giving back to the community is important.”
In fact, giving back for Garvey also includes staying engaged with his troop and helping his friends and brother earn the rank of Eagle Scout. He notes that scouting has been a rewarding experience from which he has learned a great deal. “I’ve enjoyed my time in scouting and liked learning different skills for problem solving and leadership. They will definitely be useful in the future.” Congratulations, Adam!