Michael Breton, of Sugar Land, earned the highest advancement award with the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout.
Breton was recognized in a ceremony on Saturday, April 5, at the Deren-Huff Scout House in Katy. During the ceremony, a bagpiper began the color guard processional and was led by Scouts and Scouters of Troop 230. The event was attended by family and Scouts.
A member of Troop 230, Breton is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community service project to earn his Eagle; Breton chose to install storm drainage warnings.
Michael explained that the reason he selected this specific project was that he enjoys spending time in the Gulf of Mexico and “appreciates that nature has given us shelter, food, air, and water and it is my duty to protect it.” His parents are not surprised that he felt empowered to make such a change.
His mom, Cindy Breton, elaborated “Michael’s role models have always been strong advocates of making a difference in the community. His dad, Todd Breton, has been involved in youth organizations such as Junior Achievement and Boy Scouts at a Council districtl level for years. His grandfather has held several positions in the Bay Area Boy Scouts from “Kernel” for Popcorn sales to being a Member of Bay Area Council Executive Board.”
His family and scout leaders have certainly made an impact on his life, Michael briefly reflected on what he learned from scouts, “I could mention so many things that I learned but I think the most important thing I learned was to be a man.”
Michael explained that in scouting you have the opportunity to learn new skills from industry leaders. In his case he said his Eagle award and badges required a lot of work and is extremely thankful to the Scout leaders at his troop.
He has served as an OA representative, Patrol leader, and a Camporee Counselor. Breton joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts.
In addition to Boy Scouts, Michael is active in school activities: Junior Classical League (JCL), Varsity Soccer, and Choir at St. Thomas Episcopal School, where he is a senior. He plans on majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy at Texas Tech this fall.