Troop 994 in Woodstock Georgia hit a major milestone this October with over 100 Scouts earning the Eagle Scout Rank since the Troop was chartered in 1994. On October 26, 2017, three Scouts earned their Eagle: Cayden Rechsteiner, Nicholas Holly and Phillip Cooper. They randomly drew from a hat who would be 99, 100, and 101. All three deserve great accolades for closing out the first 100, being the 100th, and starting off the next 100 Eagles for Troop 994. While this milestone is a great accomplishment, the bigger achievement is the difference the Scouting program is making in the lives of these young men and in their community.
Troop 994’s 50+ Scouts are active in all sorts of outdoor activities from local camping, hiking, high adventure, and even aviation! The troop is thriving due to solid leadership and parental involvement, with many parents giving of their time and resources to support the program.
Both the boys and the community are benefiting from Troop 994’s success. While the boys are certainly proud of their Eagle Scout rank, the boys had to execute service projects in the community to earn them. Those projects have made an impressive impact for many others around them. Recent Eagle Scout projects were completed at Bascomb Elementary School to install a fence for a Special Needs class, at New Victoria Baptist Church to install a recreational gaga ball pit, and at Blanket Creek Park to install new bridges for biking, along with many more. Each of these projects have left something of the Scout in the community, and the Scouts have taken away a great leadership experience.
And we know that Troop 994’s Eagle Scouts are having an impact beyond the city of Woodstock, as well. Scouts from Troop 994 are currently enrolled in colleges across the southeast, the military service academies, and beyond. Many more have already entered the professional ranks, and we’re sure they are demonstrating leadership and making an impact wherever they have landed.
But we’re calling them home this spring! As a recognition for Troop 994’s accomplishment, the Troop will be hosting a recognition event in May and inviting all 100 of the Eagles and their families to return for some food and fellowship together, celebrating this achievement. We will be excited to see all our Eagle Scouts again, and we are so proud to have reached our first 100!
This story was submitted by Michael Holly, a volunteer leader in Troop 994 of Woodstock, GA.