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Troop produces 6 Eagle Scouts

posted Jan 29, 2015, 11:51 AM by Scoutmaster Troop770   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 11:52 AM ]
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Citizen Staff Reports

Six Boy Scouts from a West End Boy Scout Troop will earn Eagle Scout recognition Feb. 8.

The Scouts from Troop 770, sponsored by River Road Presbyterian Church, are: Adam Jones, Sam Murphy, Cabell Murray, Ted Palmer, Kyle Adams and Grayson Phillips. The teens started in the troop together and have steadily climbed the ranks to earn the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts. Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts. The awards will be conferred at River Road Presbyterian Church.

“What an impressive group of young men,” said Scoutmaster David Bernhardt. “They have excelled in Scouting, in the classroom and on the athletic field.”

All six Scouts are student athletes at Douglas Freeman High School. Murphy and Jones, sophomores, play football. Murray, a junior, plays lacrosse. Palmer, a sophomore, plays basketball and lacrosse. Adams, a sophomore in the Center for Leadership, Government, and Global Economics, is on the baseball team. Phillips, a sophomore, is a football and lacrosse player.

On the way to becoming Eagle Scouts, each Scout developed and led a service project with the Troop. Several hundred hours of community service were generated by the projects.

At Maybeury Elementary School, Adams renovated the baseball diamond with additional help from the Freeman baseball team and its coaches. Coach Ken Moore, who advised on the project, recalled that Tuckahoe Little League played on the field when he was growing up.

Murray built tables for the outdoor classroom at Maybeury. “This field has a lot of history. It’s great that Kyle, his Troop and his teammates have restored it," Moore said.”

At the Southside Boys & Girls Club, Murphy landscaped the front of the building. Palmer and Phillips built picnic tables for use around the baseball diamond, with Palmer also building a ramp for a storage shed. At Trinity Methodist Church, Jones built a retaining wall and a walkway out of brick.

Troop 770 may have four more Eagle Scouts by the end of the year. In addition to Scoutmaster Bernhardt, the Troop is led by Assistant Scoutmaster Rod Adams. Stephen Gwynn coached each of the Eagle Scouts through their service project and Board of Review.