On August 10th – 12th, 17 year old Surf City resident and Life Scout Matt Thomas will be significantly closer to earning the coveted rank of Eagle Scout by completing his Eagle Scout Leadership Project at the beautiful Huntington Beach Community Garden. Matt is a Senior at Edison High School; plays left tackle for the Varsity football team and has been active with Boy Scout Troop 1226 since 2006. He is excited to fulfill the dreams of dozens of HBCG commemorative brick donors, including his father and avid community gardener, Steve Thomas, by laying the brick pavers in a classic basket weave pattern to create a nostalgic commemorative patio area. After five months and 60 hours of careful planning, the donor bricks that originally raised funds to open the garden nearly two years ago are finally going on display as a commemorative patio area under the gardens information sign.
Much like a project manager, Matt will lead numerous scout volunteers and several fellow Edison Varsity football player Eagle Scouts in a project that will help him earn the coveted rank of Eagle. The rank of Eagle Scout is the most prestigious rank a scout can earn and less than 1% of all Boy Scouts in the nation achieve Eagle. “I have always wanted to become an Eagle Scout, it’s a dream coming true,” claims, Eagle Candidate, Matt Thomas.
“I could not have done this without the incredible support of HBCG President, Annette Parsons, and Treasurer, Bill Clow; both have provided unending support in making this project a reality,” states Matt Thomas. “Bill is also my Great Uncle,” states, Matt Thomas. Surf City residents, Dr. Harvey Goldstone and Troop 1226 Scoutmaster, Robin Templin, have also provided critical support in navigating the newly revised Boy Scouts of America Eagle Leadership Project guidelines, effective January 2012, making this process even more challenging with new rules and guidelines. Many donors have made cash donations to help underwrite the materials needed to create a commemorative patio and include discounts from Thompsons Building Materials, Larry’s Building Materials and a grant from the Lowes National Eagle Scout Leadership Project Program.
Want to see this Eagle Scout Leadership Project in action? Stop by and meet Matt and his crew of volunteers in action, Friday or Saturday August 10th and 11th, 9 – 2 p.m. (Sunday is scheduled only if project is not completed on Saturday). For more information on the HBCG or to make a donation, please visit Huntington Beach Community Garden’s website.