Seven Boy Scouts, all members of the same patrol from Lakeway’s Troop 52, sponsored by Emmaus Catholic Church, will be awarded Scouting’s highest honor this Wednesday evening, October 3rd, at a 6:00pm ceremony at Bee Cave City Hall. “The young men of the Troop 52 Squirrel Patrol have stayed together for more than six years as they each advanced their way to earn the Eagle Scout award, all reaching the goal within months of each other”, said Troop 52 Scoutmaster Gary Crowell. “To have the entire patrol earn the Eagle Medal is a novelty on its own,” he added. Only five percent of all scouts attain the rank of Eagle.
The Eagle Scout candidates are all Lake Travis High School seniors and include: Blair Arney, son of Rick and Velma Arney; Tyler Auslander, son of Rob and Zelda Auslander; Andrew Bennett, son of Tony and Linnea Bennett; Mason DeWitt, son of Cris and Leigh Ann DeWitt; Travis Henry, son of Bob and Tracy Henry; Prem Menon, son of Sankaran and Geetha Menon; and Kirk Reeves, son of Earl and Colleen Reeves.
All of the scouts were required to complete at least 21 merit badges each, mastering many outdoor, physical and academic skills, and then culminating their Scouting years with a significant community service project where they organized and executed a chosen task utilizing a team concept. Most of the projects exceeded 100 man hours each to complete.
The seven Eagle projects included: building six rolling wooden bookshelves for three community libraries, two new batting cages for area youth baseball, a natural stone fire pit with wood benches for a fellowship area at a local church, a concrete slab waiting area with metal benches for students at Lake Travis Middle School, a ¾ mile public hike/bike/horseback trail at Pace Bend park, a cedar fence constructed to protect kids from a pond at a local church, and a dog training obstacle course at an Austin area “no kill” animal shelter.