Four from Troop 642 earn Scouting’s highest honor

March 18, 2019

Becoming an Eagle Scout is not an easy endeavor, requiring years of dedication to meet all the requirements leading up to Scouting’s highest honor.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Troop 642 in west Houston honored its four latest members of the Eagle Scout family.

Troop 642 is sponsored by Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church at 11612 Memorial Drive.

Trace LaRue, Joe Pfeifer, William Murphy and Colin McClellan were presented at the Court of Honor at the Lewis A. Mattingly Scout House at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

LaRue is a senior at Stratford High School. His Eagle project included repairing and replacing the walls and roof of a shed at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. The shed was used for storage of playground equipment and toys. He also refurbished a worn picnic table in the playground. His project was completed in April 2018. In the fall, LaRue has been accepted to the aerospace engineering program in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Pfeifer is a senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School. His Eagle project included the designing at construction of stage equipment for the Performing Arts Department for Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School. Pfeifer built four linen folding back flats, six wooden standing flats and a stage door. In the fall, Pfeifer will attend Southern Methodist University where he is a recipient of the distinguished scholar merit scholarship. He will participate in the Hilltop Scholar program while studying finance at the Cox School of Business.

Murphy is a sophomore at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School. His Eagle project including refurbishing and landscaping an old playground for Gracewood Single Mother’s Home, a shelter for “single mothers and their children seeking home, hope and healing.” Murphy dug out the old wooden mulch and replaced it with new rubber mulch. He also replaced broken borders with new plastic borders and repainted the playset with a new weatherproof stain. Murphy organized 20 volunteers who spent a total of 146 hours to complete the work.

McClellan is a senior at Cypress Ridge High School. His Eagle Project project included building two free-standing benches, two built-in benches and a wind break surrounding one of the fishing piers at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve in the Kohrville area of northwest Harris County. The preserve is an 80-acre park with walking trails, day facilities and three fishing piers. In the fall, McClellan will attend Stephen F. Austin State University studying biology/pre-med.

Eagle Scout candidates must earn at least 21 merit badges, of which 13 are required —First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. Additionally, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, and Environmental Science and Sustainability.

Eagle Scouts have been honored since 1912. Among the notable Eagle Scouts are Neil Armstrong, Bill Gates, H.Ross Perot, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Breyer. Only 4 percent of all Scouts earn the ranking. Since 2017, girls have been allowed to join the Scouts and are now eligible to earn Eagle Scout honors.