Six Hays High students have earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, all done within a few months of one another.
Jack and James Holdridge, Matt Roiland, Robert Collins, Coleman Johnson and Declan Trevethan, who are part of Boy Scouts Troop 125 in Buda, all became Eagle Scouts within a six-month span.
In order to become an Eagle Scout, the students had to earn 21 merit badges, as well as teach other scouts, show leadership skills and be involved in community service. In addition, each Eagle Scout candidate had to create, plan and execute a community project.
All candidates are required to go through a Board of Review, which looks at their accomplishments and resumés in order to determine if they are fit to become an Eagle Scout. Candidates must complete all works prior to their 18th birthday.
James Holdridge’s Eagle project centered on installation of mile-marker posts around the lake in Plum Creek, while Jack Holdridge create mobile garden beds at Legend Oaks Rehabilitation Center.
Johson’s Eagle project consisted of creating a habitat for ducks at the lake in Plum Creek, while Trevethan created a system of running trail signs in Mountain City. Collins built a Little Free Library and bench in Bradfield Village and Roiland rebuilt trails for the McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Cedar Creek, located near Bastrop.
Collins is a third generation Eagle Scout, while Trevethan is a second generation Eagle Scout. Both James and Jack Holdridge have a cousin who also earned the Eagle Scout rank.