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20110128_EagleProjectContinuing a strong troop tradition, several members of Mission Boy Scout Troop 84 are earning their Eagle rank, Scouting’s highest rank.

Gavin De Leon and Gabriel Seigel are currently working on their Eagle projects, while Daniel Hinojosa, Derick Reyna and Aaron Tijerina are in the planning stages for theirs. Another member of Troop 84, Chris Martinez, has completed his Eagle project and only lacks submitting the paperwork and meeting with the Eagle board to complete his Eagle.

In addition to earning 21 merit badges and advancing through the ranks of Tenderfoot through Life Scout, a Scout must complete a major community service project, called the Eagle Scout Service Project, to earn this rank.

The Eagle project requires the Scout to organize and plan the project, from start to finish, and to carefully document the time and other resources spent on the project. Leadership is an important part of the Eagle project, so the Scout is required to enlist the assistance of others – usually other Scouts – and give them specific assignments.

Gavin De Leon, a 15-year-old student at Veterans Memorial High School has selected as his Eagle project the Rainbow Room, a community run organization that provides assistance to the families of abused children. It is housed in the Child Protective Services office in Edinburg. With the help of his fellow Scouts, Gavin has already gathered about 350 items and $500 in donations to re-stock the Rainbow Room with items such as diapers, blankets and toys.

Gavin has held several workdays and his project is coming along very well, said Troop 84 Scoutmaster David Martinez.

Troop 84 has a strong tradition of helping many of their Scouts successfully achieve the Eagle rank. The key to their success has been the parents, Martinez said.

“For me, it’s the family…. The troop does everything it can but ultimately it falls on the family. If there’s anything unique about our troop, it’s that the parents have taken on the commitment along with the Scout,” said the scoutmaster.

Gavin is the son of Victor and Belinda De Leon.

Troop 84 has scouts participating from the Mission and Sharyland area, and meets at the Scout Hut located at Lions Park in Mission. The Mission Lions Club is the troop’s sponsoring organization and recently constructed a new building for the troop to meet in.

For more information about Troop 84, call the scoutmaster at 956-580-0865.

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