Judy White – Guest Contributor
May 1 2014
Pin on Pinterest

Grand Prairie Boy Scout Troop 498, chartered by The Woods United Methodist Church, is pleased to announce that four of its members have achieved the Eagle Award, the highest honor that can be achieved by a Boy Scout.  The four were recognized in a formal Eagle Court of Honor on Monday, April 28, followed by a reception including a video of their Scouting experiences and displays of their achievements.   All four boys received final approval for the honor in December, and are members of the H. Ross Perot, Jr. Eagle Class of 2013.  All are also members of the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood, Scouting’s National Honor Society.

Houston Miller is the son of Paul and Jamie Miller.  He has served as Assistant Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, OA Representative and Scribe.  In achieving his Eagle, he earned 29 merit badges across a wide range of interests.  His project was to install a community garden, complete with 26 cinder block beds, at Crosspoint Church of Christ in Grand Prairie.

Timmy Stuard, the son of Terry and Elaine Stuard, has served the Troop as Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Historian and Librarian.  He earned 24 merit badges on the way to the Eagle award.  His project was to design and build birdhouses for distribution in West Lynn Creek Park by the city of Grand Prairie.

Aaron Dai Vu, son of Steve and Carol Vu, has been Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Den Chief, Troop Guide and Quartermaster.  He has received 30 merit badges to achieve the Eagle.  Aaron’s project was to plan, prepare and lead the construction of a “compost corral” to contain and organize composting materials at Bush Elementary School.

Charlie White, son of Randy White, has served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Philmont Wilderness Guia, National Jamboree staffer, Scribe, Chaplain’s Aide, Quartermaster and OA Troop Representative.  His merit badge count toward the Eagle award is 44.  Charlie cleaned and renovated the storage area for the Grand Prairie Food Bank, building steel shelves to allow for better organization and storage of more food.

“It is highly unusual for any troop to have four Scouts recognized together for earning their Eagle award,” said Randy White, Scoutmaster.  “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of each of these young men, and look forward to their using the skills they’ve learned to serve as leaders in their communities.”  A part of the oath taken in the Court of Honor states, “On my honor, I will do my best to make my training and example, my rank and my influence, count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in my troop, in my community, and in my contacts with other people.”