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Scout’s Honor: Destin resident strives for Eagle Scout honor

Savannah Chastain

Nick Bowyer is a man with a plan. The Destin ninth-grader recently volunteered his time to the Main Street Community Garden with hopes to help build a gazebo and a well.

“I’m working for my Eagle Scout rank,” Bowyer told The Log when asked the reason for his involvement. “It’s the highest rank you can possibly get, and I can use the Eagle Scout for my entire life.” 

The Boy Scouts of America nationwide program offers training for boys ages seven to 18 in outdoor activities, educational opportunities and career learning ventures. Over the course of the program, participants can advance in ‘rank’ by completing badge requirements in areas such as fitness, citizenship, personal growth, and community service.

In order to accomplish his final Eagle Scout rank, Bowyer must plan, organize, lead and manage a service project. Bowyer is currently awaiting approval from the Boy Scout board to see if his project qualifies for the Eagle Scout rank, but in the meantime he is proactively moving ahead with the service project.

“I met with my troop leaders and they said building a gazebo for shade and well for water use would be a good project,” Bowyer said.

The idea was brought to his attention through Destin United Methodist Church, and since then, the young man has already been successful in rallying his youth group for a recent weekend service day.

 “I attend Wednesday nights at the church youth group,” Bowyer said. “And once we get everything planned out I’m going to get the scouts out there to get the gazebo done.”

 Bowyer said he is still very much in the planning phase and is currently reaching out to local self-help stores for lumber and supplies.

“For the gazebo I am going to try to talk to Home Depot and Lowe’s, but for the well I am looking for donations,” he said.

The project is ongoing, and Bowyer said he thinks it will take the better part of this year to complete.

“We are trying to start the work days every Saturday,” Bowyer said. “Anybody who wants to help can come out to help.”

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/mainstreetcommunitygarden or call Nick Bowyer at 654-8564.