Now entering his senior year of York Preparatory School in the Upper West Side, Murphy first joined the Cub Scouts as a five-year-old before moving on to the Boy Scouts when he was 11.
He followed in the footsteps of older brother Jonathan as a way to create lasting friendships while learning important skills. Jonathan achieved the Eagle Scout ranking two years ago.
“I’ve put a lot of hard work into this and it feels nice to reach my goal,” Murphy said.
To achieve Eagle Scout status, one must put in a lot of time and energy into developing life skills and helping the community.
Besides earning 21 merit badges, the applicant must plan, develop, and give leadership to others through a service project that would be beneficial to any religious institution, school or part of the community.
For his service project, Murphy restored a room adjacent to the auditorium at his former school, Saint Stephen of Hungary School on the Upper East Side.
“I knew I wanted to do something at my old school, I wanted to give back to them,” said Murphy.
He reached out to the school’s principal, and after learning about the theatre offerings Murphy went down to the school’s auditorium to see what could be done.
Since the school is delving deeper into drama and the performing arts, they’ve needed more space to aid students during productions. Along with the help of a few others, Murphy cleared out the old storage room and painted the walls and shelves.
Now, the room can be utilized in a number of ways. Students can use the room to store set pieces or use the space as a changing area.
With a year left before he ages out of the Scouts, he wants to earn more Eagle Palms. And once he turns 18, Murphy is determined to stay in touch with the troop and help out as much as he can.
“I’m really proud of my troop,” Murphy said. “In the past few years, we’ve been getting a lot more Eagle Scouts and it shows the dedication that we have.
“We are a strong troop because we work together,” he added.
The Court of Honor will be held on October 27 at Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians at 70-31 48th Avenue in Woodside.