Scouts give back to earn their wings
On Feb. 20 Boy Scouts Madison Sheridan and Tyler Garrett will stand tall and receive a most coveted honor — Eagle Scout.
“It’s really meaningful,” said Madison.
He and Tyler, both students at Oak Ridge High School, will join the elite after dedicating years to Troop 529 and months to their Eagle Scout Projects. Madison, 16, built shelves and created care packages for the Placer Children’s Emergency Shelter; Tyler, 17, built signs and collected donations for the Food Bank of El Dorado County.
“I wanted to do a project that would benefit the most people,” Tyler said of his choice. He, with some help from friends and family, built 10 portable signs for the food bank, collected 250 pounds of food and raised about $1,400. “We camped out at grocery stores,” Tyler said, adding that a good chunk of donations also came from his church.
Madison took a more personal approach to his project. Parents Dawn and Dwayne Sheridan adopted three children — Lincoln, 4; Monson, 4, and Erin, 5 — who at one time were placed in the emergency shelter. “So I wanted to give back,” said Madison.
With the hard work behind them, both Scouts said the effort was well worth it. Earning Eagle Scout “shows you can stick with something you start,” Madison said.
“And it looks really good on your resume,” Tyler added.
When not involved in scouting activities, both young men enjoy music — Madison plays the French horn; Tyler plays the piano and drums — and family. In addition to his three adopted siblings, Madison has a younger brother, Heath, 12. Tyler credits his parents Grant and Lisa Garrett and older brother/Eagle Scout Brady, 19, with pushing him to get his Eagle Scout. He also has two younger brothers — Ethan, 10, and Carson, 7.
Boy Scouts has also taught the young men leadership, they said, a tool that will come in handy in future endeavors. Tyler plans to study psychology at Brigham Young University in the fall. Madison has a chance to tour the Sacramento FBI facility — an essay contest prize — and said he’s looking at careers in law enforcement.