Eagle projects require a lot of work

Macaela Williams, Reporter

AUTUMN is finally here. Along with Autumn is the arrival of holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, our favorite hot drinks like pumpkin spice and cider, and tons of unnecessary but delicious candy. To top it all off, fall is the season for heartfelt service projects between youth groups, friend groups, clubs and families. 

The Boy Scouts Of America, or BSA for short, requires all members that want to earn their designation as an Eagle Scout to do a service project that benefits the community. These projects are often building something, making a community garden, repainting park benches, and much more. Robert Tuia (10), Ethan Biddulph (11), and Dillon Tuilatua (12) have all done exceptional service for their Eagle projects. 

Tuia explained how his Eagle project was split into two groups of people: one group built benches while another built tables. The finished products were then given to the people of Iosepa, Utah. “They don’t really have much and I haven’t been there since I was little,” Tuia said. 

Tuia made ten benches and tables in the span of two days with the help of his uncles and cousins. Not only is helping others beneficial for the one receiving help, but it also impacts the people doing the helping. “It helps me because I like helping anyway I can. I felt excited and happy because it took so long. It was just an inspired project,” Tuia said.

For Biddulph’s Eagle project, he did a project similar to Tuia’s. Biddulph built tables and benches and then painted them for the domestic violence center. Biddulph got his Eagle project off of Justserve.org, which a lot of people use for service and Eagle project ideas. 

Biddulph’s project took three weeks with the help of his friends, Own and Porter, as well as his family. Biddulph was inspired by his older brother, Zac, who also completed his Eagle. Biddulph knew this project was perfect for him because it had to do with building. He has assembled tons of other things so the benches and tables seemed easy to finish. 

For Tuilatua’s service project, he gathered clothes, packed them in boxes, and took them to the homeless shelter. “What inspired me to do my Eagle is because I want to be the first in my family,” Tuilatua said. The hard work exhibited by his family motivates him not just for his Eagle, but for everyday things as well. 

Tuilatua chose to give to the homeless shelter because the homeless lack many things for the upcoming cold weather. “Most homeless people don’t have much clothes and it’s getting cold because of winter,” Tuilatua said. 

Tuia, Biddulph, and Tuilatua are just some of the outstanding examples and brave souls to tell their stories about getting their Eagle and what it took to achieve it. They have worked very hard to receive such an honorable title and respect from all their fellow scouts. All in all, they hope to keep achieving more challenging tasks and continue to keep an eye out for service opportunities.