A pair of boy scouts from the same local troop recently received their Eagle Scout ranks, following weeks of working on projects in support of their goals.
Derek Christie, 15 and Dallin Wake, 14 are both members of Boy Scout Troop 1157, which meets at the Tomball Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Both will be students at Tomball Memorial High School in the fall.
Christie said he decided to help a family at his church, as a way to give back and earn his Eagle Scout rank at the same time.
"There is a family at my church whose grandchildren needed a safe place to play, so I offered to put up a fence," he said. "They also had a spot on their house where the wood was rotting, so I replaced that and power washed and painted the entire house."
Christie began planning the project last March and completed it in May.
"My mom has known the family for a really long time and they have done things for us," he said. "I thought it would be a good way to repay them with my project."
A requirement for an Eagle Scout project is to get others to help along the way and manage their time. Christie had 30 others help at some point along the way. He specifically wanted to thank Tomball resident Brian Sabin for his expertise and assistance.
"(Boy Scouts) has taught me good morals and a good way to live my life," he said. "I've gained leadership experience from it."
Wake wasn't able to speak with the Tribune about his project, as he was away at church camp, but his father Carl did.
"He designed a cubby cabinet that was designed to hold supplies and things for students that attend a religious studies class before school starts," he said.
The cabinets were installed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Wake went on to explain that his son's cabinet is made of solid maple and that he earned all the money needed for the project by doing various landscaping and lawn work for area residents.
Wake credited local woodworker Mike Lamkin for his help and use of his shop.
"He helped my son plan it and make sure it went smoothly," Carl Wake said.
Each cabinet has 24 compartments and has bi-fold doors. At least 15 people assisted his son during the project.
Carl Wake, who is the assistant scoutmaster of Troop 1157, said he is proud of the work his son performed.
"I feel proud," he said. "He chose a project that exceeded what he knew at the time and put together a plan and executed it."
Carl Wake said that both boys projects exemplify what the Boy Scouts stand for.
"We want our young men to stretch themselves and their abilities, learn new things and strive to be leaders," he said. "That's what these young men have done."