On the evening of May 14, Boy Scout Troop 731, founded in Sugar Land in 1991, celebrated its 25th anniversary at a dinner and Court of Honor held in the T.E. Harman Center on Matlage Way in Sugar Land.
In recognition of the 25th anniversary, Amy Mitchell, member of the Sugar Land City Council and mayor pro-tem, presented on behalf of the mayor and council a proclamation recognizing Troop 731’s contribution and service to the community.
At the Court of Honor, three Scouts advanced to Tenderfoot, three Scouts advanced to Second Class, three Scouts advanced to First Class, three Scouts advanced to Star, and four Scouts advanced to Life. There were 86 merit badges presented to the 35 Scouts by Rhea Scadden, advancement chair for almost the entire history of the troop.
In addition, Bradley Nus, son of Brad Nus and Susan White, Dominick Trusko, son of Brett and Kirsten Trusko, Thomas Madden, son of Debbie Madden and John Madden, and Samir Rahi, son of Ashan Rahi, were recognized as achieving Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, becoming respectively the 101st ,102nd , 103rd and 104th Eagles over the 25-year history of the troop.
To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, 13 of which are Eagle-required. He also must be active in the troop and hold leadership positions, and further demonstrate leadership by planning the work, organizing the personnel needed, and directing to its completion a service project that benefits a religious institution, a school, or the community.
Bradley Nus earned 50 merit badges and held various leadership roles. His project was for Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, building a cage from wood and screen to house larger mammals and birds while they recover. There were a total of four youths and two adults who participated in the project for total of 136 hours.
Dominick Trusko earned 23 merit badges and held various leadership roles. His project was for Attack Poverty, building two wooden picnic tables that can convert to benches for the new Community Garden that Attack Poverty is helping to prepare in North Rosenberg.
He led a total of 13 youths and five adults who participated in the project for total of 180 hours.
Thomas Madden earned 27 merit badges and held various leadership roles. His project was for First Colony Gators Swim Team, building and painting eight new eight-foot wooden benches as replacements for those no longer stable and in good repair.
He led a total of six youths and five adults who participated in the project for total of 57.5 hours.
Samir Rahi earned 22 merit badges and held various leadership roles. His project was for The Clements High School Debate Team, building furniture to help the team in organizing their resources. He led a total of 13 youths and four adults who participated in the project for total of 91.5 hours.
David Van Kleeck, assisted by Rhea Scadden, presented the Eagle award and other Eagle regalia to the new Eagle Scouts and their families. A plaque from the Exchange Club recognizing their achievement was presented to each Eagle by Carey Snyder, Chartered Organization Representative for the Exchange Club to the Troop.
In addition, all of the Troop’s 100 previous Eagle Scouts were recognized. Many were in attendance.
The Troop also recognized 14 graduating high school seniors, who will be moving on to college, technical schools, or work.