By Rob Bell | Special to the Index
On Saturday, Dec.14, 2013, five young men from Boy Scouts Troop 3001 in Mineral Wells received their Eagle Scout award.
This local troop meets at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The five young men from Mineral Wells who earned the award are John Christian Stacy, Garrett Darden, Hunter Stacy, Nathan Gay and Landon Bell.
Typically this award is given to each recipient individually, but the entire group set a goal to complete it together so they wanted to receive it as a group. Each young man has been working diligently toward rank advancement and performing service projects over the past few years to complete this challenging accomplishment.
To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout a young man must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges and organize and lead a service project benefitting the local community. The local council requirement on Eagle projects mandated 50-plus man hours to be spent on each project. Of all boys entering Boy Scouts, fewer than four percent reach the rank of Eagle Scout.
John Christian Stacy’s (16) project involved repainting fire hydrants around town. He organized various teams to repaint the hydrants silver and painting the cap of each hydrant the appropriate color indicating the amount of gallons per minute at the specific hydrant. Over 60 hydrants were painted.
Garrett Darden (15) organized and assisted in installing a sprinkler system for the raised bed gardens at Meals on Wheels. This project required contacting local businesses to acquire the appropriate pipe, trenching equipment and timers.
Hunter Stacy (15) set up a clothing drive to help the needy. The first week involved groups passing out flyers to local residents and then returning the following week to collect them. Clothing was then donated to a local charity.
Nathan Gay’s (14) project benefited the local Vietnam Memorial.
Volunteers working at the memorial did not a place to take breaks or eat.
Nathan contacted local businesses to acquire materials for quality and sturdy picnic tables to be constructed and moved to the facility.
Landon Bell (14) organized a fingerprinting drive for identification of local children in case of abduction. Richard Sign’s donated yard signs to place at the local elementary schools. Ram Country performed the fingerprinting.
These young men have worked extremely hard on this accomplishment.
They are grateful to all the local businesses and adult leaders in helping them with this milestone.