Nothing brings me greater joy than spotlighting young people doing good. Today from two different stories, comes news that four boys have earned rank of Eagle Scout. When I was active in Scouting, the report from national scouting was that of all the boys who enter the scouting program, only 2% would earn the coveted Eagle Scout award.
Hard work and leadership are the qualities of the Eagle rank and these are fine examples of that process. Congratulations to T.J. Puls, Jared Collins, John Melton, and Harris Lynch. You have earned one of the hardest awards to achieve, sticking with Scouting many years to get to this day.
Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is a big deal.
But when three buddies – T.J. Puls, Jared Collins and John Melton – all of whom have been together in scouts since they were in elementary school, earn the organization’s highest honor at the same time, it’s huge.
So big that Kevin Kelly, the scoutmaster for Troop 19, must make alterations to the Eagle Court of Honor celebration to accommodate all the friends and family of three teenagers.
“We’re still trying to figure out how we are going to do this. We haven’t had this many (scouts) earn this (at the same time) and I’ve been doing this for 15 years,” Kelly said.
“The interesting thing is, these boys came in together from Cub Scouts and have stayed together and remained friends.”
The Galveston County Daily News
GALVESTON — Harris Lynch, tennis player and member of Boy Scout Troop 104, almost literally stumbled upon his Eagle Scout project when he noticed holes and cracks in the tennis courts at Lasker Park.
With a little persistence and hard work, those flaws are gone.
Due to Lynch’s leadership, the court at 43rd Street and Avenue Q has been resurfaced and repainted. The park sports a new drinking fountain, newly painted and canopied picnic tables, new fencing, restored bleachers and a basketball goal and small court.
The city’s part of the project, restoring the restrooms, fencing and windscreens, replacing net posts and restoring lighting in the park, is near completion.
“Finishing it has been a big relief,” Lynch said.
“I was spending most of my weekends doing that and studying for school.”