Eagle Scouts make contributions in meaningful ways


Brendan Durante is an 11th grader at Viera High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 720.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Durante family

Area scouts have been busy completing Eagle projects and helping the community during the past year.

Brendan Durante, an 11th grader at Viera High School and a member of Boy Scouts Troop 720, received his Eagle Scout award in January. His Eagle project was for Bridges, a non-profit organization that provides community programs to individuals with disabilities.

“I wanted to make something that would last, and (Bridges) wanted and needed a garden and a bench,” Durante said.

Durante built a bench and planted a vegetable garden with the help of his troop and family. Durante’s plan was for the garden to be tended by the adults as part of their day program.

“We raised money by doing a car wash,” Durante said. “With that, I was able to buy wood, soil and plants for my project.”

Four scouts from Troop 224 also completed their Eagle projects last year. Viera High senior William Howald updated the Suntree United Methodist church playground, while Jordan Tsigas, also a senior, completed a land preparation and fence installation project at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church.

Ben Echols made a clothes line for low-income properties, while Daniel Dabney’s project was building a much-needed shed for Keep Brevard Beautiful.

The Eagle Scout service project is the Boy Scouts’ most difficult advancement requirement — and also the most well documented.

Scouts must use an Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook to plan and report on their projects.

The proposal must be detailed enough to show reviewers that the project meets the Eagle requirement, that it is feasible, that safety issues will be addressed, and that the scout has a starting plan.

Troop members and family members participate by helping with fundraising and the implementation of projects. Scoutmasters oversee the paperwork and provide assistance with the overall process.