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Eagle Scouts make Troop 347 history

By William Van Der Tulip Special to the Star

It's been a tough couple of years here in Port St Joe but through all the tough times comes some great news.

Especially for Boy Scout Troop 347 who is sponsored by the United Methodist Church.

Corey Phelps, right, built a flag deposit box out of steel for the John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069.
Sean Farnsley created a flower and butterfly garden
Sean Farnsley, left, and Corey Phelps

The troop’s mission goal in our community is to groom these young men into future leaders and in doing so, two Scouts have been working diligently on making their dream a reality.

Recently, Life Scouts Corey Phelps and Sean Farnsley have been working on obtaining the highest rank that can be bestowed upon a Scout, and rank recognized nationally and backed by Congress and the Senate. The Eagle Scout rank carries a lot of clout when entering into the military, college scholarships and job interview considerations.

Plaque of dedication for Corey Helps Eagle Scout project

Sean's Eagle project was to build a butterfly garden and reflecting area at the Constitution Museum which took over 100 hours of planning and execution to complete this task. Corey's project was to build a flag deposit box out of steel for the John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069. Again, another project with over 100 hours of planning and execution. Needless to say, both projects turned out amazing.

Well, the leaders and parents of Troop 347 are proud to announce that for the first time in our troops existence of seven years -  and it's been approximately 24 years since Port St Joe had its last Eagle Scout who is now our state representative Jason Shoaf - Corey and Sean are now proud members of the 2020 Gulf Coast Council Eagle Class.

Plaque of dedication for Sean Farnsley's flower and butterfly gardens.

What an honor it has been to work with these two young men, since Cub Scouts until now at the pinnacle of this journey. Both Scouts have showed the interest in giving back to their troop and help get other Scouts to the rank they have attained.

Their court of honor to receive their Eagle wings will be upcoming in the next month or so, when Sean comes home from college for his break. Please congratulate these young men when you see them; they are representatives of our Port St Joe community.

William Van Der Tulip is the Scoutmaster of Troop 347.