James and William Kesler are twin brothers who do everything together.
This now includes earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.
The Kesler brothers have been active members of Boy Troop 1852 since they were 10 years old. Now, both seniors in high school, James and William have completed all the requirements necessary to be awarded the most highly recognized achievement in the Boy Scouting program, the rank of Eagle Scout. The requirements included conducting a special service project benefitting others within the community. For James and William, the choice for a beneficiary was an easy one.
Both Scouts wanted to “give back” to an institution that was close to their hearts, Hicks Elementary. So the brothers each delivered a proposal geared toward beautification of their former elementary school in the form of constructing a garden fence and gravel walkway.
Troop 1852’s Advancement Chair, Dr. Ed Graviss, explained the process for these special community service projects.
“Same beneficiary, but two separate projects. Each Scout had to plan and execute a separate Eagle Scout project while demonstrating leadership of others. William and James had to identify a need and work with the beneficiary to gather requirements,” he said.
Graviss continued, “They designed their own solutions, and each Scout presented a detailed proposal to the beneficiary. Once approved, they recruited volunteers to help carry out their plan. And, upon execution, their role was primarily project manager, overseeing all aspects of their project. This included managing volunteers, procuring tools and materials, covering safety procedures, scheduling, providing meals and beverages for the volunteers.”
“William and James are experienced leaders,” said Scoutmaster (and proud father) Jeff Kesler. “They have both attended BSA’s National Youth Leadership Training, and have served terms as our troop’s Senior Patrol Leader. Their Eagle Scout projects served as the ultimate test of their leadership ability and management skill. I’m very proud to say that they both passed the test with flying colors.”
Since 1974, Boy Scout Troop 1852 has been serving boys and young men within the community by providing a fun and exciting Scouting program that includes a focus on strong values, good character, and good citizenship.
For over 40 years, hundreds of families in Missouri City and Sugar Land have been proud and active members. Troop 1852 holds weekly meetings at its charter, Southminster Presbyterian Church and School, located in Missouri City.
For more information, visit Troop 1852’s website at bsatroop1852.com.