On the evening of Aug. 14 four young men from Folsom were recognized for earning their Eagle Scout award.
The Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. This is a significant accomplishment for these four Vista Del Lago High School graduates and students, considering that only about four percent of all boys who begin in Boy Scouts reach attain this rank. Each student also received an official proclamation, presented by Mayor Andy Morin
The local students receiving the Eagle Scout award were Tyler Howlett (senior at Vista del Lago High School), Tanner Sharp (Vista del Lago High School graduate), Matthew Howlett (sophomore at Vista del Lago High School) and Jared Duval (Vista del Lago High School graduate.).
In addition to earning at least 21 merit badges and completing other service and leadership requirements, each Eagle Scout must plan, develop and lead a community service project that demonstrates both leadership and a commitment to duty.
Tyler’s project consisted of replacing the missing blue dots that mark the fire hydrants around the city of Folsom. He used maps to locate all the fire hydrants and then checked each fire hydrant to see if the blue dot needed to be replaced. He organized groups of scouts in order to check 500 fire hydrants and replace 403 blue dots.
Tanner organized the labeling of approximately 4,000 books for the Folsom schools’ Accelerated Reading Program, an online source for Folsom children. He also restored the garden boxes in the kindergarten area of a Folsom elementary school.
For his project, Matthew organized a fire safety booth at the Eggstravaganza in Folsom. The children were able to shoot a fire hose at targets and discuss fire safety. Matthew also helped coordinate the fire hydrant project with is brother, Tyler.
Jared’s project was working with the Folsom Fire Department and coordinating volunteers to put together vials of life and install smoke detectors in the Lakeside Senior Community. He also coordinated and provided training sessions for the residents on how to use the vials of life and the importance of working smoke detectors.
In addition to scouting, these four young men have strong academic credentials, are or were active in sports and other activities at Vista Del Lago and are well respected by their peers. They are all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints in Folsom.