West Winfield Boy Scout Troop 21’s Liam Kulczak, son of Jay and Jen Kulczak of West Winfield, earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank after months of hard work completing the requirements to become an Eagle Scout.
Eagle Scouts must earn at least 21 merit badges with requirements including skills in first aid, citizenship, personal fitness, personal management, and family life, among other badges. Candidates for Eagle Scout must also serve in a leadership position within their troop for six months.
The capstone requirement to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout is an extensive service project that must be conducted for the benefit of the Scout’s community before a candidate receives final approval from the Eagle Scout Board of Review.
For Liam, a walk in the park gave him the perfect idea for a project to benefit West Winfield. “One day when I was walking in the Winfield Town Park, I noticed that the gazebos needed fixing. After I got the idea, I had to get my proposal approved by the Town Board, the park maintenance directors, and the BSA’s Leatherstocking Council,” he said.
Together with the help of his father, friends, and fellow troop members, Liam scraped, power washed, and repainted both of the Town Park’s gazebos. “We started the project back in October and had to work around the fall and winter weather before we were able to get finished with everything this past June,” Liam said.
For Liam, earning his Eagle Scout badge is the culmination of a whole childhood spent in…