Five St. Augustine students earn highest rank in scouting

Posted March 28, 2017 12:08 pm – Updated March 28, 2017 01:09 pm

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Navigating their way to the highest achievement in scouting, five local students were awarded their final Boy Scouts rank, Eagle Scout, earlier this month.

Henry Curran, Josh Frantz, Victor Manly, Parker Shannon and Andrew Brown rose through the ranks with their troop, working diligently on leadership, service and character for many years.

Each took on the challenge of an Eagle Scout Project demonstrating their leadership and planning skills, which ultimately benefitted a community organization.

Curran collected, repaired and presented 16 bikes with locks to the homeless residents of The Sulzbacher Center.

Frantz built a garden bench, as well as cleaned and landscaped the pavilion at The Clara White Mission center whose mission it is to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Manly created several sets of corn-hole and Jenga wooden games to benefit three Ponte Vedra school Exceptional Student Education programs for students to engage in fun, yet challenging experiences.

Shannon led a drive to collect children’s books for Books A Go-Go, an organization devoted to helping childhood literacy. A total of 3,161 books were collected for children in need.

Brown poured a concrete addition to the front outdoor area at St. Francis House in St. Augustine, which serves the homeless population by providing access to essential services to help achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Additionally, as boy scouts, they have participated in numerous hours of community service and each earned more than 21 merit badges as they developed skills.

They learned to become self-sufficient with camping, cooking, fishing, hiking and other skills while making lasting friendships.

Chartered in 1989, Troop 288 has been home for 104 scouts to earn the Eagle ranking in its 28 years. Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church is home to Troop 288.

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