When Addy Hebou embarked on his Eagle Scout project, he knew what he was going to do. “The first thing I thought of for my Eagle Scout project is the first thing that comes to everyone’s head, ‘We’re going to build something,’” said Hebou, a North Point High School senior.
Eagle Scouts have produced outstanding and much-needed projects, Hebou would just have to figure out what he could build. The more he brainstormed with troop leaders of Troop 410, the more Hebou leaned toward putting something together that incorporates his love of music with Scouting. Maybe he could put together a music workshop for younger kids and his fellow Scouts to help him. But some of his peers weren’t musically inclined.
Back to the drawing board, Hebou honed in on what he liked and what he hoped to accomplish. He loves singing and making music. He’s in a band, JustMusicians, with friends and plays piano, guitar and drums. He’s in North Point’s men’s and chamber choirs and lands roles in the school plays. “I want to give back,” he said. “I want to inspire people and grow. But I don’t just want to grow, I want to bring other people along with me.”
Scouting for Music was launched. Hebou’s Eagle Scout project is collecting instruments that are gathering dust in attics and garages, relics of a childhood spent learning scales on a flute or clarinet. It’s Hebou’s hope that new life will be breathed into the instruments and if community members have none laying around, they can contribute monetary donations that will go toward the repair and refurbishment of the donations. Instruments will then be given to middle school students from low-income families who want to study music.
“I think a lot of kids like music and this is planting the seeds that will be able to grow,” said Kristin Helming, North Point’s choir teacher. “And maybe one day they’ll come to North Point and join the band or the choir. One gesture can change somebody’s whole life.”
Scouting has been part of Hebou’s life since he was a first grader and joined the Cub Scouts. “We were constantly doing activities,” Hebou remembered. Arts and crafts, playing games, even whittling. “You are learning new activities that we wouldn’t be exposed to in school,” he said. “You develop interests and passions in different subjects.”
He can read a standard map and navigate using a compass, he knows first aid standards, how to swim (there’s a merit badge for almost everything) and how to make camp. And then there’s the knot tying.
“Oh, gosh. Knot tying. You can use that skill practically daily,” Hebou said. He’s fixed his broken basketball hoop by lashing it to a post. The knots are still holding. “Boy Scouts gives you life skills, leadership skills,” he said. “The Boy Scout motto is: Be Prepared.”
“He’s a good Scout,” Chris Batchelor, Troop 410 Scoutmaster, said of Hebou. “Very determined, very driven.” Making Eagle Scout isn’t easy. Batchelor said he has about four boys in the troop who are working on earning the honor. Two more earned Eagle this year. But, sometimes life gets in the way, Hebou said.
“When you join Boy Scouts, you’re put on a track to get Eagle,” he said. Most Scouts don’t achieve it because interests change or activities like sports or school clubs take priority, he said. “Not everybody makes Eagle,” Batchelor said. “It’s prestigious.” The Eagle Rank is the highest a Boy Scout can achieve.
The rank has several requirements. It must be achieved before the boy’s 18th birthday, he must be active in his troop and demonstrate he lives by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. A Scout has to get recommendations from references that verify his moral character and he has to have at least 21 merit badges, some of which are mandatory, like camping, emergency preparedness and personal fitness. He has to have held a leadership position in his troop and plan, develop and direct others in a community service project.
Around sophomore year, Hebou grew serious about gaining the rank of Eagle Scout. “I’ve been in Scouts since first grade,” he said. “I want to grab everything Boy Scouts has to offer me. You come in as a boy, you leave as a leader.”
Hebou, who is in the Electronics STI at North Point and wants to study electrical and computer engineering in college, started working hard, organizing and planning the instrument donation. He’s had to balance it with school, church and activities like Student Government Association, choir and drama, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and International Thespian Society.
“He’s a hard working kid, a great neat kid. A Renaissance man,” Helming said. “I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next.”
Instruments can be dropped off at 4550 Crain Highway in White Plains. Monetary donations for the refurbishment of donated instruments can be made to gf.me/u/f4cf74. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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