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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2017 12:00 am | Updated: 10:34 am, Fri Apr 7, 2017.

Back in October 2016 I met Mrs. Ann McAllister at the Woman’s Club of Homestead where she was volunteering at the Dade County Farm Bureau annual meeting. I was complimenting her on the fantastic meal prepared by the members of her organization, the Woman’s Club of Homestead.

While we were talking, she asked if I was in the nursery business as she was looking for help with freshening up the property at the Homestead Soup kitchen where she also serves on the Board of Directors. I told her as luck would have it, yes, I was.

Mayor Jeff Porter lends a helping hand

I started thinking and. coincidentally, one of the scouts from my Boy Scout troop just had the misfortune of his service project required as part of Eagle Award falling through. I contacted the scout, Bryce Murillo, and told him to call Mrs. McAllister as she had expressed to me how badly the soup kitchen needed help.

From that point, Bryce called and discussed the possibility of working an Eagle Scout community service project there. Some of the troop leaders expressed their concern about the distance that the scouts would have to travel as they were based in Pinecrest.

Boy Scouts working together for the Soup Kitchen

Notwithstanding the concerns, Bryce felt this was a very worthwhile project that could do some good for the community and he was undeterred. Over several months he planned his project, raised the necessary funds and travelled to the Soup Kitchen to plan the project.

Bryce’s hard work and dedication came to fruition this past Saturday January 28th with nearly 40 participants. The large crew had the job done just after lunchtime. Among the amazing young scouts that came out and made a difference for the community were six other Eagle Scout Award candidates.

Mayor Porter visited the scouts at work and handed out keys to the city to the entire Eagle Scout graduating class of 2017. As you can see from the pictures, Bryce even recruited the mayor to lend a helping hand.

Bryce will join an elite class of 4% of scouts who see it through from Tenderfoot to the top honor in scouting, Eagle.

The Boy Scout of America motto is: Be Prepared. During a scout's career they earn merit badges on courses they take which cover life experiences from survival camping, to home improvement and repairs, to the understanding of civic responsibilities as well as sporting skills.

Some of the great leaders and individuals attaining the Eagle Scout Award are:

Neil Armstrong

President Gerald Ford 

Ross Perot 

Donald Rumsfeld 

Stephen Spielberg 

Sam Walton 

Michael Bloomberg

JW Marriott.

The National Eagle Scout Association researched the total volunteer hours of the Eagle service projects ever done and it came a total of more than 100 million hours of service. Eagle Scouts completeabout 9.5 million hours last year.

Scouting is a great way to help mold our young men especially in these days of conflicting views.

Mark Wilson owns Green Day Nursery in Homestead and is a Director on the Dade County Farm Bureau Board. He is also a life-long Scout.

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