Monday night, Robert Baird, Mayor of the City of Bellbrook awarded a certificate of achievement to Joshua Brooks for his accomplishment of obtaining rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 375. As a result of Brooks’ hard work and dedication, he has improved the spiritual lives of students at Xenia Christian High School, as well as visitors to the grounds.
In order to qualify and receive the Eagle Scout award, hard work and dedication is a requirement. It requires a leadership position, certain merit badges requirements, such as the Citizenship in the Nation and Personal Fitness. The most exciting requirement includes completing the Eagle Project. The Eagle Project consists of planning, designing, organizing and executing a project that will benefit the community. For Brooks’ Eagle Project, he renovated the reflection garden, along with renewing three crosses, behind the student parking lot at his high school.
“As a student, I really appreciate the school’s historic origin and there are some aspects of the school grounds. But, some aspects are in disrepair,” said Brooks. “The reflection garden, with three crosses, was one aspect in disrepair and I decided I would like to do my Eagle project there.”
The City Council recognized Brooks’ leadership abilities exhibited through the troop as assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader. Prior to moving to the Bellbrook area, he was a member of Troop 173 in Hansom, Massachusetts. There, he served as patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. He demonstrated his loyalty and love for the Boy Scouts by participating in several summer camps in Massachusetts and Indiana.
“He made significant contributions on his Eagle Scout project where he led a group of 13 individuals in restoring three large crosses in landscaping on the grounds of Xenia Christian High School,” said Baird. “The council is very impressed with his achievements.”
Brooks is also the president of the National Honor Society, a member of the leadership committee, varsity basketball team and running cross country team.
“Thank you for the help I received from the troop and some members of the community,” said Brooks.