Pearland Hatches Three New Eagle Scouts

In Lifestyle by Reporter News

On the 21st of May 2014, three Eagle Scout awards were presented to young men of Troop 461 chartered by the Silverlake ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; David Schmitt, Jared Lyons & Granite Tait. All three boys attend Glenda Dawson High School, David is a freshman and Jared & Granite are graduating seniors. All three credit their parents and scout leaders for giving them the support and encouragement necessary to complete the requirements for their Eagle Scout Awards. Jared said “getting my Eagle was very important to me and my future. I have also been encouraged and inspired by many great men and leaders that are Eagle Scouts, so I wanted to be like those men.”

David Schmitt is 14 years old and for his Eagle community service project; “We built 8 Adirondack chairs for Eagle’s Lift Ministries, an organization in Pearland that helps shelter and meet the needs of pregnant and homeless teens.” The Eagle project, which usually takes at least 100 man-hours, is only one of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout award. Scouts must also earn at least 21 merit badges in a variety of subjects (e.g., First Aid, Citizenship, Family Life, etc). David gained a lot from his Eagle project, “I definitely learned how to organize and plan,” and is even now considering, “engineering as a prospective career.” Having earned his Eagle at younger age than most, David plans to “earn more merit badges and help other scouts achieve the rank of Eagle.”

David’s Eagle project was not the first time these boys helped at Eagle’s Lift Ministries, David said: “A few years ago, they had a fire and so we cleaned out items from the house after the fire, and repaired some of their roof and some fencing.” This is why, 18 year old, Jared selected this same organization for his project, “Our church did a service project there previously and I was impressed with this organization. For my Eagle project we built a fire pit for them.” Jared hopes that his project will have a lasting impact and said, “I am hoping it gives these girls a place where they can relax and have a meeting place to talk with others and get the support and encouragement they need.”

Granite Tait is 17 years old and completed his Eagle because, “it really helps your leadership skills, build your character and teamwork.” He also learned organizational skills; “for every hour I spent working on the project, I spent 2 hours planning.” What did all this organizing go into? “We built shade shelters for the Brazoria County Humane Society’s dogs. They had open kennels, and only some shade for part of the day. I had to build something affordable, able to withstand the elements and provide enough shade.” said Granite. “It really helps you learn how to actually plan a project from start to finish. I think that’s really a fun process to see.”

Present to congratulate the boys on their accomplishment was Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, who is also an Eagle Scout. Mayor Reid provided each of the boys with a congratulatory letter and remarked: “I am always very pleased when I come to Eagle Scout courts of honor with the quality of the young men that we have in our communities that have advanced to the Eagle Scout rank. These three young men are really something very special. I join with them in feeling that being an Eagle Scout is something very special.”

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