Ten of the 60 members – nearly 17 percent – of Boy Scout Troop 665 have reached the rank of Eagle, said Assistant Scout Master Scott Tappan.
In comparison, nationwide only about 5 percent of Scouts achieve Eagle, according to the website for the Boy Scouts of America.
Tappan’s son, Corey, is the sixth and latest member of Troop 665 to become an Eagle Scout.
Corey started in Cub Scout Pack 604 in first grade and now is an honor student and senior at Newsome High School. He wants to study biotechnical engineering and business at a Florida university this fall.
For his Eagle project, he chose to rebuild a rundown, outdoor stage for the Masonic Park and Youth Camp in Wimauma. The camp facilities are used by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for weekend camping trips, said Tappan. Ceremonies and skits are presented on the stage.
Corey designed and built the deck and stairs at the home of Tom Bristow, another assistant scout master for Troop 665. With the help of family, friends, fellow Scouts and Scoutmaster Clarence “Lucky” Wade, Corey demolished the camp’s stage and then replaced it with the new deck and two new sets of stairs.
“This project will benefit a lot of local youth, including the Scouts from my original pack,” said Corey. “I knew it really needed to be fixed, and I’m glad I was able to do something that will be around, hopefully, for a long time.”
Tappan, reflecting on his son’s experience, said, “Scouting has a profoundly, positive effect on our youth, their families, the scout leadership and the community. Those leaders and families that become involved soon find themselves fully engaged in the giving that is scouting, and surprised at how much they actually receive in return.”
For information about Troop 665, which meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Oakwood Baptist Church, 540 S. Oakwood Ave., Brandon, visit www.troop665.net.