Earning the rank of Eagle Scout through Boy Scouts of America is the highest honor a scout can achieve. Since its inception in 1912, over 2.5 million young men have earned this award with the first recipient being, Mr. Arthur Rose Eldred, the first of three generations of his family to receive the honor. Although many throughout our nation spanning many years, have received this distinction, it doesn’t happen without much preparation and commitment to earn the title. An Eagle Scout must first reach the level of Life Scout before being eligible to fulfill the requirements it takes to earn the rank of Eagle. They must then earn a certain number of badges, complete an application, obtain signatures and recommendations, receive board approval, and complete a service project.
One very talented young man and Mercy parishioner chose Our Lady of Mercy Church to provide his service to beautify the grounds through his service project. Kylle Poiencot, a senior at Catholic High School noticed that the Stations of the Cross in the Meditation Garden could use some attention. He formed a team of colleagues and fellow scouts to help rebuild the boxes that house each Station. It took the team several months from start to finish to complete the renovation. During the process, Kylle recruited help with the design, materials, and construction of the boxes. Each box was completely rebuilt out of cypress and new sturdy support posts were added, along with fresh stain, weather-proof sealing, and new Roman numerals. In addition to new boxes, each statuary was removed, cleaned, and waxed for preservation.
Kylle could not have completed the project without the support of his team – Mr. Mark DeSoto, Mr. Kevin Dupuy, Philip Tullier, Franis Dinh, Spencer Heitman, and Grant Ruffino.