BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Congratulations to Boca Raton's Grant Sennott who is days away from being awarded the honor of “Eagle Scout.”
A very proud family member sent us the following, and we are thrilled to share it with our readers:
Grant Sennott of Boy Scout Troop 325 of Boca Raton, will be formally inducted as an Eagle Scout at an upcoming Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on September 9. Grant is a junior at Spanish River High School.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Scouting with requirements including earning at least 21 merit badges. Additionally, every Eagle candidate must develop, lead and implement a significant community service project. In Grant's case, the answer of what to do for his Eagle Leadership Service Project was literally right in front of him at the weekly meetings of Troop 325.
Grant had always had an interest in nature: “Bug” was one of his nicknames. He has already collected and identified more than 50 different insects as part of the Insect Study Merit Badge. It happens that Troop 325 meets in two science rooms at Eagles Landing Community Middle School. One day, one of the science teachers there mentioned that she needed help in clearing a small nature trail that had become overgrown.
From that initial idea, Grant planned a project to extend the nature trail through the woods along the border of the school property. Grant mapped out a trail through the woods that provides up-close looks at nature that otherwise might be ignored. Grant later planned and managed work times for the troop to clear the trail. The trail now ends at a huge strangler fig with branches and roots spread out around its host trees.
In addition, the improved trail now features wooden signs that identify native trees such as sabal palm (Florida's state tree) and bald cypress as well as non-native trees such as schefflera. Also along the trail are prime examples of trees such as gumbo limbo, slash pine, loquat, royal palm and others. A benefit from the project that Grant and Troop 325 completed is that the Logger's Run science classes now can see first-hand the subjects that they learn about in the classroom.
Scouting is a series of age-appropriate programs, including Cub Scouts (family-centered activities for boys grades 1-5), Boy Scouts (youth-run outdoor and leadership programs for youth grades 6-12) and Venturing (a co-ed program for youth who are high school through college ages). More information about Troop 325 is at www.troop325.scoutlander.com.