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Sydney Surgue, Girl Scout Troop #1273

CJ McKay pictured with one of the garden boxes he built and donated.

Two recent scout projects have been completed to benefit the residents at St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park.

CJ McKay, a member of Boy Scout Troop #74 (Coram, NY), chose to complete his Eagle Scout Project at St. Johnland Nursing Center. The project must be completed to achieve the rank of Life Scout. Mr. McKay chose to build wheelchair accessible cedar gardening boxes for residents and Day Care participants at St. Johnland. Mr. McKay had to gain approval from his Scout Master Committee Chair and the Council Supervisor of the Long Island Boy Scout Council. After approval, he had to seek donations and publicize his work. Mr. McKay received donations from many local businesses to complete his project. From start to installation, Mr. McKay finished building 6 cedar gardening boxes in 4 months.

Mr. McKay is a senior at Newfield High School. He has been actively involved in Boy Scouts for over 12 years. He hopes to attend Stony Brook University next year, majoring in Engineering

Sydney Surgue, a member of Girl Scout Troop #1273 (Suffolk County), chose St. Johnland Nursing Center as the focus of her Girl Scout Silver Award Project. The Silver Award Project demonstrates leadership, organization and dedication to the local community and must be completed for a Girl Scout Cadette to advance to a Senior Girl Scout. Ms. Sugrue chose to plant a beautiful garden for the Alzheimer’s residents in the Kipp Pavillion at St. Johnland. As with the Eagle Scout Project, Ms. Sugrue had to gain approval from the Long Island Girl Scout Council before beginning, seek donations and publicize her project. She also received donations from many local businesses and held book sales at her church to raise funds to complete her work.

Ms. Sugrue is a freshman at Kings Park High School. She participates in cheerleading and plays on the high school softball team. She has been actively involved in Girl Scouts for over 10 years.

Karen Vittoria, Director of Rehabilitation at St. Johnland, states “The beautiful horticultural projects that were recently completed provide physical and psychosocial benefits to our residents. They will help maintain the array of plants and flowers while incorporating functional tasks such as endurance, safety awareness, balancing abilities and environmental awareness as they care for the gardens.”