Five young men, Barret Whitesides, Ben Tedder, Garrett Underwood, Cade Colwell and Frank Emmite, have set out to complete one more task in achieving a goal years in the making- becoming an Eagle Scout.
One of the seven requirements in earning the right to be named an Eagle Scout is to complete a service project. Scouts must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or their community. The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting, and a project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, the unit leader, unit committee, and the council or district, before even starting the work.
Barret Whitesides, from Boy Scout Troop 191 of Madisonville, chose the American Legion as the beneficiary of his project. Barret, with the leadership of Scout Masters De la Garza, Whitesides, Tedder, Emmite, and Underwood, along with his fellow scouts, built a playground, complete with mulching. “I wanted to give a playground to the American Legion for the kids to have somewhere to play while activities and meetings are held. They have donated so much to us, and I wanted to give back to them to show our appreciation,” said Barret.
In the upcoming weeks, Ben Tedder, Garrett Underwood and Frank Emmite will be completing their Eagle Scout projects, including building park benches and a Gaga pit for the Madisonville City Park. They are also building a fire ring for flag retirement ceremonies at the American Legion. Cade Colwell has chosen to honor veterans with his project by conducting interviews with them to be recorded in the Library of Congress.
Barret explains, “Boy Scouts has taught me how to become a leader, to cooperate with others in difficult situations, learn new life skills, make friends and just enjoy life.”
If you know someone who is interested in visiting or joining Boy Scouts, the Madisonville Boy Scout Troop 191 meetings are held at the Madisonville Fire Station on Highway 21 (E Main St.), every Tuesday at 6:30p.m.