Almost 100 people attended the Hebrew Institute of White Plains on Sunday, June 25, 2017, to witness the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Akiva Grimaldi, a resident of New Rochelle and member of the Anshe Sholom synagogue. An Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts. To achieve this rank, a boy must advance through the levels of boy scouts, complete 21 merit badges, which include first aid, citizenship in the nation, personal fitness, camping and emergency preparedness or lifesaving. He also must serve in a leadership position and plan, develop and lead a major service project.
Famous Eagle Scouts include Neil Armstrong, Michael Bloomberg, Gerald Ford, Bill Gates, Sr., J. Willard Marriott, Jr., Jeff Sessions, Steven Spielberg and Sam Walton.
Grimaldi is a third-generation scout who is proud to be an Eagle Scout, just as his grandfather earned it in 1949. Grimaldi earned 27 merit badges, participated in numerous campouts and attended programs across the nation. Through the Shomer Shabbat Boy Scout Program, he was able to canoe in the Adirondacks, attend leadership training in Maryland and hike in the mountains of New Mexico—all of this with kosher food and a Torah!
Grimaldi wanted a service project that would serve the local community and promote outdoor activities and physical fitness. He was able to achieve this by building a kayak rack in Liberty Park in White Plains. This enabled the city to provide kayak rentals to park visitors.
The Court of Honor was attended by Senator George Latimer, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Assemblyman Steve Otis. They provided certificates of recognition and words of encouragement. Rabbi Evan Hoffman of Anshe Sholom Synagogue gave the invocation. Rabbi Chaim Marder represented the Hebrew Institute of White Plains, which is the troop’s chartering organization.