Four generations of Garrett Underwood’s family gathered together on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to celebrate the completion of Garrett’s Eagle Scout project in Lake Madison Park; a GaGa Ball Pit.
Although several men of the family have been Boy Scouts and Scout Masters, Garrett is well on his way to being the family’s first Eagle Scout. Underwood has 1 more merit badge to earn and then complete his interview with the Board of Review before accomplishing his goal.
Underwood is a Freshman at Madisonville High School and began his scouting career in the third grade as a “Bear”. While, admittedly, joining the Boy Scouts initially because he thought it would be fun, Underwood says, “it’s more fun now with the seriousness that’s involved.”
“I’m pretty proud of being able to accomplish this goal at such a young age. I credit my Scout Masters for pushing me to move through the qualifications quickly and my grandparents for helping to financially support my goal,” said Underwood.
Underwood chose to build a GaGa Ball Pit in the park as his Eagle Scout Project because of his fond memories of playing the game as a kid. He wanted to give back to the community in a tangible way so that kids now could have another easy, safe place to have fun.
Underwood says that he has future plans of becoming a Molecular Biologist. “Science fascinates me, and I think it would be really cool to study and develop ways to combat diseases.”