Islip High School student Joseph Salerno, a member of Troop 292 of Brentwood, was officially recognized as an Eagle Scout, the highest level in the Boy Scouting program for the Boy Scouts of America on March 9. In addition to achieving merit badges and demonstrating leadership and service, in order to receive Eagle Scout ranking, a Scout must participate in an Eagle Scout service project. This project helps further demonstrate leadership skills, while also benefiting the community.
Joseph’s project consisted of repairing and installing bird boxes for wood ducks and owls at the Seatuck Environmental Center in Islip. The bird boxes will provide safe habitats and will hopefully promote the nesting habits and attract more ducks to the area. During the creation of his project, Joseph led troop members and family, totaling 120 hours, on the repairs and installations in the woods, pond and marshlands of the center. He raised $565 and received several donations of materials. He was able to donate $450 back to the Seatuck Environmental Center for use with future projects.