Four Eagles All in a Row

Four Eagles All in a Row

by Susan Neuhalfen

It’s hard to believe that Lantana’s Boy Scout Troop 99 only formed in 2010 for two simple reasons: this is now one of the largest troops in the area; and the troop is now 16 Eagle Scouts strong and counting. The Eagle Scout award is scouting’s highest honor that only 5% of all Boy Scouts achieve.

“My greatest joy is watching a young scout grow and develop into a young man,” said Scoutmaster Nick DiSibio. “I am proud to have been part of their lives.”

Sponsored by Rock Point Church, the scouts meet every week at E.P. Rayzor Elementary. The troop is truly boy-lead, meaning the adult leaders are there to guide them, but the boys lead and encourage each other through example. According to DiSibio, the leaders promote the Scout Spirit among their individual scouts to prepare them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by following the Scout Oath and Scout Law as well as to understand what teamwork really means.

Over the months of November and December, four scouts from Troop 99 were awarded the rank of Eagle:

Connor Hubert, Dylan Linnabary, Dakota Linnabary, and Harrison Long.

The way Troop 99 finished 2016 will reflect the beginning of 2017 as well. Two more Scouts are slated to earn the rank of Eagle by February and there are several more to come. At a time when there is so much more competition for a boy’s time such as team sports and other clubs, it’s great to know that there is a place right here in Lantana where they are still using tried and true methods to grow young men into tomorrow’s leaders.

Connor Hubert, age 17 • Guyer High School senior
Connor took on the very ambitious Eagle project of cleaning, clearing and rebuilding the Outdoor Learning Center at E.P. Rayzor Elementary. He began by repairing the classroom benches and putting new pressure-treated wood as bench seats. He then crafted two picnic tables to be used as desks. Then the hot and heavy work began. He had to clear the project area of tall grass and low hanging branches and prepare the main ground in the sitting area by bringing in mulch—five truckloads of mulch—donated by 1-2-Tree and spreading it in the Texas August heat. His 5th grade science teacher, Becky Williams, was thrilled with the result.

“I’m grateful to be able to use it again,” said Williams. “My kids love going into ‘our forest’ as we call it. They would tell you we don’t go often enough.”

Williams loves taking her kids out to Outdoor Learning Center to introduce the concept of ecosystems. She looks forward to going more often now, thanks to Connor and his crew.

Dylan Linnabary, Age 17 • Guyer High School senior
Dylan built a much-needed sound cabinet for the Harpool Theatre Department. Theatre Director Erin Turek knew exactly what she wanted and was helping with the project every step of the way. The cabinet took three days to build with the help of several scouts from Troop 99. They also had many generous donors including Home Depot.

“It was great having everyone there to help,” said Dylan when asked what he loved the most about the project. “Everybody was willing to pitch in. “

Turek was ecstatic.

“Dylan built a fantastic sound cabinet where our microphones, cords, packs, and other supplies could be stored and locked away. The functionality is spectacular,” said Turek. “This was truly a blessing, as most of our sound equipment was stored previously in a crate, causing our cords to jumble and kink, despite our best efforts to separate them.

Turek went on to say that she was honored to have had Dylan choose this for his Eagle project and the HMS Theatre Department will be, in her words, “forever grateful.”

Dakota Linnabary, Age 15 • Guyer High School sophomore

Like his older brother, Dakota Linnabary designed his Eagle project for the Theatre Department at Harpool Middle School. He constructed a vanity, giving the actors a dedicated space to apply makeup and style their hair for shows and productions. Before the table was constructed, the actors had to use a portable table under a wall-mounted mirror to prepare for shows. The two-part vanity that Dakota constructed was designed to go under that mirror and next to the costume storage. He measured it specifically to fit the mirror and made the vanity collapsible to ensure that the staff could still bring things in and out of storage without dealing with a massive obstacle, while still being able to access the electrical outlets.

“We use them constantly! This is the right depth for actors to be able to lean in for makeup details, but deep enough to store exactly what we need,” said Erin Turek, Director of the Harpool Theatre Department. “Both Linnabary boys have spoiled me by centering their Eagle Scout projects around some needs that we had in our theatre department. Truly I am blessed beyond belief.”

Harrison Long, Age 15 • Guyer High School freshman
Harrison built two halter houses for New Hope Therapy Equine Assisted Facility in Argyle. The facility uses horse riding as a therapy to help people with mental and physical disabilities. They have horses in two major areas on the property, so they were constantly leaving halters around. According to Sharla Kershen, founder and executive director of New Hope Therapy Equine Assisted Facility, it was frustrating to get all the way to one area to find that there was not a halter. Kershen found a design at another therapy center and asked Harrison to duplicate it. The structure holds the halters with hooks on both sides, keeping them from being tangled and damaged. They are covered so they keep the halters dry. Harrison also put the horses’ names on them, so halters are easily found. The project took three months to plan and develop and three days to construct. Long said his favorite part was presenting the halter house to the new owners.

“The halter houses work great!” said Kershen. “Harrison and his team did a wonderful job, and I say a quiet ‘thank you’ to Harrison each time I use them.”

Troop 99 Mission Statement
Our purpose is to prepare young men to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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