Three Missouri City Teens Earn Prestigious Eagle Scout Award


200-ethenThree Missouri City teens – Ethan Spendlove, Matheus Menezes and Tyler Echard – were recently awarded the Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sienna Plantation.  Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration.  Spendlove, Menezes and Echard belong to Troop 395 of the Greater Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Spendlove is a senior at Ridge Point High School. His Eagle Scout project was to build a shade canopy using donated and recycled materials. The canopy was built for the Seeds of Inspiration Community Garden, where people gather for gardening, yoga classes and a produce co-op. “As a Boy Scout, I enjoyed camping and learning outdoor survival skills,” said Spendlove, who earned 29 merit badges on the path to Eagle Scout.

Matheus Menezes

Matheus Menezes

Menezes, a senior at Elkins High School, earned 21 merit badges. For his Eagle Scout project, Menezes built a corral trap for hogs at TexasAgrilife, a nature preserve, using metal rods and wire meshwork that contains the hogs in order to remove them from the property. “Scouting has given me training in many different ways, from leadership skills, time management, communication skills and setting goals,” Menezes said.

Tyler Echard

Tyler Echard

Echard is a sophomore at Ridge Point High School. Building bat houses at Camp Sienna was his Eagle Scout project. This project benefited the people and children who work and play there by lowering the mosquito population. Echard, who earned 23 merit badges, said, “I have learned many leadership and architectural skills. I believe that all boys should take scouting, because it can build good career habits for their future.”

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Requirements include earning at least 21 badges and demonstrating ideals of service and leadership, including organizing and leading an extensive service project. Fewer than five percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain this illustrious rank.