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Troop 46 Celebrates Newest Eagle

BSA Troop 46 congratulates one of their newest Eagle Scouts, Wyatt Howell, for achieving Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank and honor.

Wyatt, the son of Elizabeth and Jim Howell, 17-year residents of Bennington, has been in Scouting for nine years. He began as a Cub Scout with Pack 46 in Westchase and demonstrated his leadership first as webmaster, then as a patrol leader for the Honey Badgers and finally as an assistant senior patrol leader for the troop.

His community Eagle project consisted of creating organic grow boxes with a timer regulated irrigation system for the Westtown Church Preschool off Racetrack Road. The boxes included herbs like basil and vegetables like eggplant and kale. Scouts constructed them on site for use by the preschoolers. Wyatt’s project overcame a challenging water connection. The yield from the first crop was bountiful and future growing looks very promising.

Wyatt, 15, is a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at Robinson High School in Tampa.

Earlier this year, the Greater Tampa Bay Council celebrated the achievement of 113 Eagle Scouts in attendance at an event at MacDill Air Force Base’s Surf Club, where General George Norwood, USAF (Ret.) was also recognized with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. A total of 374 scouts achieved the rank of Eagle during 2016. The 2018 Eagle Scout Banquet, celebrating 2017 Eagle Scouts, is scheduled for May 10, 2018.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Helping youth is key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

Troop 46 meets most Monday evenings at the First Baptist Church of Citrus Park on Gunn Highway. Stop by any time and speak to any adult wearing a brown shirt about the opportunities of Scouting or visit http://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop46Tampa/ We ar.e a member of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council of BSA and the Fort Brooke District.

Our Scoutmaster is David Smith, our Troop Committee Chairperson is Kim Smith, and our Chartered Organization Representative is Elizabeth Howell. Wyatt’s father, Jim Howell, has been an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 46 for many years and his cooking-themed campouts are legendary, especially the annual pig roast.

By Tristan Goodrich

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