Boy Scout Troop 1 offers child identification kits on Community Day

September 12, 2008
by Matthew Drucker

As a part of New Castle’s Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 27, Chappaqua Boy Scout Troop 1 will host a booth to produce and distribute child identification kits.

The kit, which is kept in the parents’ possession, will contain a written description of the child, a picture of the child and his or her fingerprints. The contents of the kit will help identify the child in the event he or she gets lost or otherwise disappears.

The child identification kit booth will be staffed by scouts from Troop 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Train Station. The boys will fingerprint and photograph the children and the parents will fill out the descriptive portion. In the event that the child is apprehensive about being fingerprinted, parents may take an ink strip home to complete the kit.

The police recommend that the photos in the kit be changed every six to twelve months along with the written description of the child to keep the information current.

It is hoped that all parents will welcome this addition to their important papers.

The production of the kit and its distribution in New Castle is Matthew Drucker’s community service project to help him obtain Eagle Scout Rank. He has been guided by Scoutmaster William H. Flank and supported by his fellow members of Chappaqua Troop 1. He has also been mentored on this project by Detective Daniel Corrado, the youth officer in New Castle’s Police Department.

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