Five ‘Eagles’ soar in Boy Scout Troop 288


Five members of Boy Scout Troop 288, which serves Ponte Vedra Beach and Northern St. Johns County, recently received their Eagle Scout rankings.

Henry Curran, Josh Frantz, Victor Manly, Parker Shannon and Andrew Brown achieved the highest ranking in scouting after working diligently on leadership, service and character for several years.

Each scout took on the challenge of an Eagle Scout project that demonstrated their leadership and planning skills, and ultimately benefited a community organization. Curran collected, repaired and presented 16 bikes with locks to the homeless residents of the Sulzbacher Center. Frantz built a garden bench, as well as cleaned and landscaped the pavilion, at the Clara White Mission center. Manly created several sets of cornhole and Jenga games to benefit three Ponte Vedra school Exceptional Student Education programs.

Shannon led a drive to collect children’s books for Books A Go-Go, and ultimately gathered 3,161 books for children in need. Lastly, Brown poured a concrete addition to the front outdoor area at St. Francis House in St. Augustine.

In addition to the Eagle Scout project, each of the five scouts participated in numerous hours of community service and earned over 21 merit badges as they developed skills. In general, they learned to become self-sufficient with camping, cooking, fishing, hiking and other skills while making lasting friendships

Chartered in 1989, Troop 288 has seen 104 scouts earn the Eagle ranking. For more information, visit