Pearland Troop 404 has 9 Eagle Scouts cross
By Karolyn Gephart
Boy Scout Troop 404 has made history in Pearland. The Troop recently had its largest number of Scouts cross Eagle at one time. An Eagle Court of Honor was held for nine boys receiving the honor in Pearland.
Troop 404 began in 1965 and it is a member of the Bay Area Council. The first Eagle Scout of Troop 404 was in 1969. To date there are 101 Eagle Scouts in Troop 404.
The Troop 404 Eagle Court of Honor and Celebration was held Sunday, May 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pearland. Mayor Tom Reid officiated the ceremony.
The Eagle Scouts include Scott Hammond, Josh Derington, Marshall Bland, Patrick Harris, Luke Murz, Jordan Navarijo, Parker Stepp, Will Robinson and Will Nealy III.
The rigorous requirements demanded of Boy Scouts on the road to Eagle Scout includes a special project they must plan, coordinate, supervise and get accomplished.
Marshall Bland, a graduate of Alvin Community College’s welding program. built a 29- foot loading deck with ramps for K9kare Animal Rescue in Alvin. He is the son of John and Dawn Bland.
Patrick Harris, a junior at Dawson High School, supervised a crew of scouts that repainted all the parking lot bumpers, installed walkway lighting, cleared brush and painted railings at his church, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Manvel. He is the son of Ian and Carol Harris.
Parker Stepp, a senior at Turner High School, built agility equipment for K9Kare Animal Rescue in Alvin. He is the son of Raymond and Cara Stepp.
Scott Hammond put together 84 essential necessity backpacks for foster children through Presbyterian Children’s Services. He is a senior at Dawson HS.
Jordan Navarijo, a junior at St. Thomas HS in Houston worked with the Texas Historical Cemetery Guardianship Association to assist and organize clean up and clearing of property and trails for a historic 1800’s family cemetery site near Angleton. He is the son of Joseph and Alice Navarijo.
William Robinson, son of Mary Cawood is a senior at DHS. His Eagle project was painting historic cabins at the Old Town Austin event site for the Brazoria County Historical Museum.
Josh Derington, will attend UH in the fall. He is the son of Lorena Derington. For his Eagle Project he sanded and stained wooden tables and benches for the Brazoria County Historical Society for use in Austin Town Historical Park.
Will Nealy III is a sophomore at DHS and his parents are William and Dionne Nealy. For his project, he planted 10 trees native to Texas at the Willow Waterhole Greenway in Houston. The Willow Waterhole serves as a retention pond for Braes Bayou and a nature reserve for the surrounding wildlife.
Luke Murz is a senior at DHS and the son of Kathleen Murz and Abraham Murz. His project involved the Brazoria County Historical Museum where he led scouts, family and friends in preserving a cabin at Austin Town in Angleton.
But the history making is not over for Troop 404. Three more Scouts, Will Venable, Brody Wilson and Daniel Snell, have received Eagle but their ceremony will be in the future. So Troop 404 will have 12 Eagles total in 18 months of time.