Boy Scout William Joyner knew early on in his time in the Scouts he wanted to go the final mile and become an Eagle Scout – the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn.
“It’s a goal I’ve always wanted to achieve and it’s something that has a lot of meaning to it and that I can take with me the rest of my life,” he said.
Joyner, a Matthews resident, worked for about eight months planning and building benches at Christ Covenant Church and Covenant Day School along the main entrance sidewalk on the campus. He hopes the benches will “provide needed outdoor seating for many church and school campus activities.”
The materials to build the 17 benches cost about $400 but Joyner had help from local businesses to help ensure the success of his project. Matthews Building Supply and Indian Trail’s Blue Max Materials both donated materials to the project, and other donations Joyner needed for the project he received from family, friends and fellow troop members.
“It was personally rewarding to me receiving local support from several businesses and their willingness to go out of the way to assist me up front with any planning,” Joyner said.
In addition to financial help, Joyner also received help building the benches from about 15 other Scouts and six troop leaders, and he also has worked on other Eagle projects for other members in his troop.
During his time in Scouts, the high school senior earned 25 merit badges, his favorite being his water skiing badge.
“It was at summer camp and we got to go out on the water every day and water ski and learn things about the boats and all of the things that go along with it,” he said.
But as far as lessons he learned while in the Scouts, the most important was learning how to take leadership and learning responsibility – something he hopes stays with him over the course of his life. And Joyner hopes this is something his fellow Scouts learn and many others join Boy Scouts to learn as well.
“(The most important lesson was) learning how to take leadership as well as learning your roles and responsibilities as far as doing your own part – when to be a leader and when to be follower,” he said.
Now, since his time as a Boy Scout is coming to an end, Joyner hopes to continue working with his troop, and maybe others in the country, while in college at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida where he plans to study marine biology. He wants to join the U.S. Coast Guard after graduating from college.
“It’s just somewhere I feel like God is calling me, and I have a lot of passion for that kind of service,” he said. “… If I can get a degree in that I can go into officer training.”
He gives Boy Scouts a lot of credit tfor his strong relationship with God. Joyner hopes fellow Scouts build the same relationship while growing closer with other troop members
and working throughout their communities.
“I will always treasure earning the Eagle Scout award. … Scouting is and has been the best program I have been involved with and I learned so much over the past 10 years of my life,” he said.
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