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Yorktown Resident Prepares Young Men for Life

Christopher Long, a resident of Yorktown for 50 years and owner of Longs GCS Corporation, has been prepared to help young boys learn how to become good scouts for twenty years. A Boy Scout himself, Long looks at this as a way to give back to the system.

He explains, “It is a really good program for young men. The Boy Scouts teaches them things they can’t learn in school.” Long points to caring for nature as an example of being a good scout. “We teach them to take care of the outdoors and how to take care of those around you.”

Long explains that scouts are expected to “leave no trace.” They are expected to leave their camps the way they found them and if they find something wrong in the environment they camp in, they should fix it. “If everybody started doing that we would live in a better place,” he says. “Without taking care of it you can’t survive in it.”

Long’s day job as a licensed home inspector and energy auditor ties into the caring for nature. “It helps care for earth,” he says, adding “and saves people a lot of money.” Long has been teaching scouts how to treat the world around them since his own boys were in scouts, spending most of his time with Troop 174 Yorktown . His sons both reached the honored rank of Eagle Scout and have both served in the United States Marines. One son just completed his second deployment, this one in Afghanistan.

After a number of years as Scout Master, Long now serves as a member of executive board of Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He speaks fondly of the countless hours he has given to the Boy Scouts over the years and of raising his four children with his wife Lorraine in Mohegan Lake.

Long concludes with advice he gives to his scouts. He tells them to follow three books throughout their lives: the Good book, the school book and the Boy Scout Handbook. “All three give you things that others can’t. If you have all three in your life, you have a good foundation to be a good citizen going forward.”

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