BSA Troop 5404 from the Dar al Noor Islamic Community Center in Prince William District, National Capital Area Council (NCAC) proudly welcomed five new Eagle Scouts at a recent Court of Honor on June 18, 2023.
Adam Amara started scouting in 2016 as a Scout Rank. His Eagle Scout service project was with Manassas Parks where he refurbished twelve fire baskets and also restored antique items in the Annaburg Manor. Adam is a 2022 graduate of Woodbridge Senior High School and attends George Mason University studying biology.
Ihsan Mahmood began his scouting journey with Pack 5404 as Tiger in 2012. His Eagle Scout service project was installing trail steps at the historic Liberia House Park. He led the work of over 20 volunteers to procure the materials and add the steps to the walking trail. Ihsan is a rising homeschooled high school senior and also concurrently completing a 6-year Islamic Studies (Alim) degree program.
Youssef Abdelrasoul started scouting as a Wolf with Pack 5404 in 2012. His Eagle Scout service project was at the Cannon Branch Fort, where he led a 2-day effort to restore and improve the walking trail with over 800 pounds of new gravel and applying a fresh coat of paint on the benches and trash receptacles. Youssef is a rising senior at Woodbridge Senior High School.
Yunis Kakar started scouting as a Bear with Pack 5404 in 2014. His Eagle Scout service project was at Leesylvania State Park, where he organized a team to design and build two garden beds to be used for local plants and hold educational workshops. Yunis is a 2023 graduate of South County High School and will be attending George Mason University studying cybersecurity in the fall.
Zuhayr Khan began his scouting journey in 2012 as a Wolf with Pack 5404. His Eagle Scout service project was to add 1.75 miles of exercise trails on the grounds of Osbourn Park High School (OPHS) for use by the school and the local community. Over a period of 8-months, he coordinated to plan, design, and install the trails with the help of sponsors, friends, adult leaders, and mentors. Zuhayr is a 2023 graduate of OPHS and will be attending the University of Virginia to study biochemistry in the fall.
The Court of Honor ceremony was held at the Prince William County Police Association Hall where the new Eagle Scouts were joined by their friends, family, and community guests to recognize their achievement and the many years of hard work, leadership, and service to earn their advancement which fewer than 7 out of every 100 Scouts achieve.
Each of these Eagle Scouts began with the newly formed Pack 5404 in 2012 or soon after. They formed a strong bond by completing Cub Scouts together and continued to deepen their friendship as they encouraged each other to advance through the Troop. Whether attending Troop meetings at the Dar al Noor Islamic Community Center or adventuring on camping and hiking trips, the Scouts supported each other and their fellow Troop members.
At the ceremony, Scoutmaster Malik Kakar reminded them that “the Scout Oath and Law will continue to guide you throughout your life…and always be prepared to do a good turn”. Their accomplishments highlight the transformative impact of the Scouting program and serve as an inspiration for youth to make a difference in their communities and beyond.