Monday, August 13, 2018
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
MIAMI | Six youngsters from Boy Scout Troop 314 in Cutler Bay received Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony July 22 in the parish hall at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Church.
Established over a century ago, the Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process and requirements necessary to achieve the rank are fulfilled.
Receiving the Eagle Scout rank were Brien Culhane, Ryan Kessell, Jacob Steinhilber and Brian Treco of Cutler Bay; Christian Mendez of Miami; and Sebastian Mitchell of Homestead.
Peggy Bell, mayor of Cutler Bay, awarded each Eagle the official certificate of accomplishment and remarked on the hard work and dedication it took to achieve the rank. Requirements included earning a minimum of 21 merit badges, serving in Troop leadership roles, and completing a service project that helps the local community.
Each honoree’s mother pinned the Eagle medal onto her son, followed by the Scouts presenting the Eagle “Mom” and “Dad” pins to their parents. In addition, Lee Popham, representing the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, presented Certificates of Recognition to the Eagles for their exceptional leadership and citizenship in attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
Troop 314 was chartered in 1965. The recipients’ Eagle Service projects included:
- Brien Culhane raised $2,200 and organized volunteers to provide “Good Housekeeping Gifts” for 110 teens aging out of foster care in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
- Sebastian Mitchell organized a group of fellow Scouts to build 20 stable doors for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals located in the Redlands.
- Ryan Kessell, with a group of volunteers, built shelving racks to store and help preserve historic wine bottles at the Charles Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay.
- Jacob Steinhilber built and stained five benches with the help of volunteers for the Charles Deering Estate education program.
- Brian Treco organized volunteers to construct a fireplace outside the parish center at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Church.
- Christian Mendez, with the help of volunteers, constructed a food pantry for the Miami Vineyard Community Church.