The pinnacle of Scouting — attaining the rank of Eagle Scout — has been reached by two members of Troop 144.
Drew McLane and Greg Marlowe have both completed their Eagle Scout service projects and are looking forward to the Court of Honor when they will be recognized for their accomplishment. The ceremony will be held in November.
In addition to providing service and fulfilling the part of the Scout oath, “to help other people at all times,” one of the primary purposes of the Eagle Scout service project is to demonstrate or hone, or to learn and develop, leadership skills. Related to this are important lessons in project management and taking responsibility for a significant accomplishment. The project must present an opportunity for planning, development and leadership.
McLane’s project was at the Women’s Care Center of Bartow and involved repairing an old swing set for the children who live there, putting seats on a picnic table and pressure-washing the house to get rid of built-up mildew and clean out the gutters.
“These kids are going through a hard time and they should have a play are where they can just be kids,” McLane wrote in his project proposal. “The cleaning of the building will just make the home look better.”
McLane said he learned of about the women’s shelter online and wanted to help somebody with his project.
McLane, who is working fulltime at EPCOT, has gone through the online Florida Virtual School. He wants to attend the University of Florida and study electronics and computing.
What has he taken away from being a Boy Scout?
“It teaches discipline,” he said. “To be prepared for whatever happens.”
Marlowe’s project was pressure-washing, repainting and landscaping around a racquetball court and tennis court in Lake Wales.
Marlowe said the project was needed because the racquetball court has been vandalized and had a wasp’s nest on it. The grass around the racquetball court was dead and needed landscaping.
In his application. Marlowe wrote that Scouting has been important to him throughout his teenage years. “It has taught me that to be successful by following the Scout Law — by persevering, being honest and doing everything I can to help others, the values I have learned through Scouting are values that I will take with me through my whole life, and are values I want to teach to my children. Scouting has not only helped me realize my ambitions but has also prepared me to be a better man.”
Marlowe said at first he didn’t think he was going to make Eagle but he decided to make it a goal.
Marlowe is a senior at the Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School at the Winter Haven campus of Polk State College.
He plans to attend the University of South Florida and major in government. He then wants to go to law school.
Troop 144 is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Burns Avenue in Lake Wales.