On July 12, 2016, Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC), Thunderwolf District Boy Scout Michael Parnell from Troop 441 in Sugar Land earned Boy Scouts’ highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award.
The significance of the Eagle rank is nationally recognized and its achievement demonstrates the honor and integrity in Michael’s character. Michael is the 141st Eagle Scout produced by Troop 441 and the fourth for 2016.
The journey to Eagle Scout requires planning, determination, leadership and hard work. Michael’s trail to Eagle started as a Tiger Cub Scout, allowed him to serve his community through service projects and as an experienced Scout, serve in troop leadership roles. Michael earned 38 merit badges covering such a variety of subjects that he is comfortable taking care of himself and others indoors and out, in emergencies and recreation. He has also learned the importance of personal responsibility. Michael’s Eagle Scout service project was building Kuranda-style cat beds using PVC pipe, grommets and cotton canvas. Twenty individual beds and four towers with 4-5 beds each were donated to the City of Sugar Land’s Animal Services on May 26. Fifteen scouts worked on the project for a total of 143 hours at a cost of approximately $400 dollars.
Michael’s award marks the second time the family has received scouting’s highest honor; Michael is the first Boy Scout Eagle Scout and his mother earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in 1985. Michael’s brother Daniel is a First Class scout and serves as an assistant patrol leader in the troop. His dad serves as an assistant Scoutmaster for the troop.
Michael is currently a sophomore at Elkin’s High School. He plays trombone in marching and symphonic bands and is taking AP and Pre-AP classes in addition to Spanish III and agriculture. He actively participates in Sunday school and was recently confirmed at Joy Lutheran Church in Richmond. He enjoys reading and helping his family tend their farm and ranch in Rosenberg.
On Jan. 8, Michael was honored for achieving the Eagle Scout Award at Christ Church in Sugar Land. Michael’s Eagle court of honor highlighted his scout trail from Cub Scouts to Eagle Scout. A special Native American heritage recognition was presented to Michael by his maternal grandfather, David Shifflett.