Stephenville High School freshman Justin Beamsley was recognized at the Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, for earning the ranking of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement a Boy Scout can receive.
“Justin is the 99th Scout to earn the rank of Eagle in Troop 39,” Justin's father Russell Beamsley said.
Exactly 6.46 percent of eligible Scouts earned Eagle in 2018. Over the last 10 years, the average percentage of Eagle Scouts is 5.70, with the average increasing over time, according to blog.scoutingmagazine.org.
Justin got involved in Boy Scouts when he was in first grade.
When asked why he continued to stick with it, Justin cited “friends” and “camping” as the things he loves most.
For Justin’s Service Project, he cleaned up the Oakdale Methodist Church.
“We trimmed the trees, mowed the grass and got rid of all the weeds and then they had a little worship garden that was supposed to be in the shape of a heart, and we redid that. We built four benches that were converted into two tables and a little pathway to that worship garden,” Justin said.
It took Justin and participants 107 total hours to plan the service project and get it completed.
“His mom and I are just extremely proud of what he has gone through and worked so hard to accomplish at such a [young] age. We're extremely proud of where he’s at,” Russell said.
Justin is also involved in marching band, concert band, baseball and FFA.