Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is no easy task. With six ranks, 21 merit badges, and a service project needed to earn the rank, it is no wonder why many scouts have not obtained this prestigious accomplishment. While it takes most scouts several years to achieve this rank, it only took South Huntington’s and Walt Whitman High School Alumna, Summer Levinsky, two years.
Levinsky became the first-ever female to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in Suffolk County. When she was little, Levinsky knew she wanted to be a scout because her older brother was involved in scouting. As soon as she was given the chance, Levinsky already started making strides in her community. Prior to joining the Scouts, Levinsky founded Venturing Crew 821 at the age of 14. Venturing is an inclusive youth development program through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for males and females with the purpose of providing meaningful experiences to help young individuals grow, develop leadership skills, and become responsible citizens. The moment the BSA allowed girls to join, Levinsky wasted no time. In 2019, she founded Troop 218G, an all-girls troop.
One of the most daunting requirements to becoming an Eagle Scout is completing a service project. For her service project, Summer chose to renovate the Theatre Department’s dressing room at Walt Whitman High School. Throughout her high school experience, theatre was a special and beloved place for her. This was Levinsky’s opportunity to give back to her community and to a department that had brought so many joyous memories. By itself, this project is a difficult task. In addition to the adversity Levinsky faced leading up to this project, she completed it during a pandemic. With the pandemic on the rise, the college-bound student didn’t expect to have the time to complete her Eagle Scout project so soon. The pandemic caused school closures, which brought the Whitman alumna back home from college with time on her hands. Feeling inspired, Levinsky came up with a plan to freshen up the space and on one of the walls of the dressing room, Levinsky painted Oscar Wilde’s famous quote, “Be yourself; everyone is already taken.” According to Levinsky, this quote has motivated her to keep going through any hardships, especially during her time as a Scout. With many individuals not as keen on girls joining BSA, this quote reminds Levinsky to persevere through any challenges that she may face, and hopes that message resonates with others.
Now a freshman at SUNY Oneonta, Summer remains active in her troop as an Assistant Scout Master. The South Huntington School District thanks Summer for her incredible contribution to her alma mater and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors! We hope her courage inspires younger females in South Huntington and beyond to never give up on their dreams and aspirations. Truly great work, Summer!
See full coverage of Summer Levinsky’s Eagle Scout project at https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/suffolk-county-girl-achieves-eagle-scout-status/2887094/