Two Scouts received their Eagle award

Photo by Ed Gifford Zach Saunders (l) and Ryan Davis, both members of Troop 1631 and seniors at Clements HS, received their Eagle Scout Award in January, 2014.

Photo by Ed Gifford
Zach Saunders (l) and Ryan Davis, both members of Troop 1631 and seniors at Clements HS, received their Eagle Scout Award in January, 2014.

On January 4, Ryan Davis and Zach Saunders of Boy Scout Troop 1631 received their Eagle Scout Award in a Court of Honor attended by family and friends. Ryan’s father, Alan Davis, proudly attended not only as a father, but also as the Scoutmaster of Troop 1631. Ryan’s brother, Kyle, officiated the candle lighting of the ceremony as a fellow Scout in Troop 1631.

Zach continues the strong tradition of scouting in his family: his father Tom is also an Eagle Scout (1973) and his sister Kylie earned the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award (2008).

These young men, seniors at Clements High School, began their scouting journey together in 2002 as cub scouts in Pack 1882 at Commonwealth Elementary.  Their path to Eagle involved numerous camping nights, merit badges, leadership activities, service opportunities, and High Adventure treks to the Canadian waterways of Northern Tier and the hiking trails at Philmont in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. As high school Freshmen, Ryan and Zach canoed more than 50 miles at Northern Tier in the Canadian wilderness with their fellow scouts and fathers. The following year, Ryan, Zach, Mr. Davis and fellow Scouts hiked more than 70 miles in the mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch, echoing the same trip that Zach’s dad had done in 1973. Scouts are required to portage their own supplies and food during these two week High Adventure trips.

As part of the Eagle requirement, each boy was required to complete an Eagle project demonstrating their leadership and planning skills:

Ryan led a group of 29 Scouts, Scouters and Friends to build 162 feet of fence for Sugar Land Memorial Park. He adapted the Park’s design to accommodate direction changes and elevation variances, and raised 100% of the necessary funds to purchase materials. A total of 236 hours were spent in the planning and execution of this project.

Zach coordinated a team of 9 Friends and fellow Scouters to construct and erect eight swinging trashcan stands around Sugar Land Memorial Park and along the River Park trailheads. He led the project from inception to completion in only four weeks. A total of 108 hours were spent to raise funds, plan, design, build, and install the stands.

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