Two North Salem brothers earn Eagle Scout Honors


Gavin and Liam Smith with their parents at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on June 11, 2022. Image courtesy of Veronica Smith

North Salem brothers Gavin and Liam Smith both earned Eagle Scout honors–the highest and most distinguished rank in scouting–in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony held last month at North Salem Middle School/High School. The Smiths are members of Boy Scout Troop 4 Purdys.

“This is an exciting time for Troop 4 as Gavin is the 10th and Liam the 11th Scout to be awarded Eagle in a troop that is just ten years old,” said Veronica Smith, the boys’ mother and chair of the troop’s advancement committee. “To achieve it, scouts rise through the ranks, earn merit badges, serve in leadership positions, and serve their communities. Eagle further requires the candidate to create and oversee a project of significance benefitting their community.”

Gavin, a rising senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, chose the Putnam Humane Society as the beneficiary of his project. Gavin’s three-part project involved painting dog pens, turning an unused dog shed into a memorial for deceased animals and donors, and constructing an enclosed bulletin board for the shelter, made from recycled material. “PHS was thrilled with the painting and after completion of the project wanted to hire Gavin to paint another twenty-four dog pens,” Smith said. “Gavin declined payment and volunteered another 86 hours to complete the remaining painting.”

North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas speaks at the Court of Honor ceremony. Image courtesy of Veronica Smith

Liam, a rising sophomore at Archbishop Stepinac, chose Putnam AdvoCATS, Inc. as the beneficiary of his project. AdvoCATS is an all-volunteer organization that helps stray and feral cats in Putnam County. Liam led a team to construct six feral cat houses. The structures are designed to house multiple cats and are raised off of the ground to protect from rain and snow. Liam also created a video tutorial for the houses that included information about AdvocCATS’ Trap-Neuter-Release program as well as information about spaying and neutering domestic pets.

The Smith brothers were recognized for their achievements in a ceremony attended by local leaders including North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas, Deputy Town Supervisor Peter Kamenstein, North Salem town council member Martin Aronchick, New York State Assemblymember Chris Burdick and local Boy Scout leaders.

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