By students: Allishon Nieto, Mark Santos, Samira Karim-Duran, and Aidan Stroud
The Eagle Scouts have 92 years serving the community and teaching dignity and leadership to kids and teenagers. To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, one must have dedicated his time, effort and resources to bettering communities and neighborhoods. The main goal of the Eagle Scouts is to lead members into a lifetime of service and community work. They want to search for dynamic and challenging leadership roles; they use their effort and influence towards informing young men about the kind of men that communities need. The Eagle Scouts’ objective is to serve scouts and the entire scouting community. Now one of our Excelsior students has joined these prestigious ranks.
Over the summer, the Global to Local group went to Ecuador; one of our Excelsior students, Colton Andress, went with the goal of completing his Eagle Scout project while there. An Eagle Scout is the highest rank that one can achieve in the Boy Scout Program. Colton is an Eagle Scout now that he’s done with his project and said that the purpose of his project was to “make Eagle and help out people.” For his project, he built a learning center outside of Casa Victoria, the afterschool program they volunteered at in Ecuador. His main goal was to create the extra room in their school building so that they could use it to teach different trades. Colton told us that “[the trip] took 5 days with 4-5 hours of work each day.” The Global to Local group was there for 11 days, meaning that half of his trip was just for making his Eagle Scout project. Colton didn’t originally plan to do his Eagle Scout project in Ecuador; he said that he went(at first) just to volunteer, before realizing that he could incorporate his Eagle Scout project into his trip.
Based on statistics, less than 10% of boy scouts become Eagle Scouts. There are also benefits: they are eligible for many Eagle-Scout only scholarships and all branches of the U.S. Military allow Eagle Scouts to enter at a higher rank and pay grade than people who aren’t Eagle Scouts. Many employment recruiters also look for “Eagle Scout” on a resume. Employers are looking for the traits that Eagle possess.
Everyone in Excelsior Academy is proud of Colton. He is now eligible to join the National Eagle Scout Association.