Danny Mendez, son of proud mother and step-father, Kathy and John deGruchy, embraces the past and the future with his accomplishments. On August 3, 2013, following a formal ceremony at the Presbyterian Church, troop member of Troop 75 was the third generation recipient of the Eagle Scout award and fifth generation Boy Scout.
“My favorite part of boy scouts has been the friends I’ve made and the time I’ve spent with them. The hardest part of boy scouts was pushing through to complete some of the more difficult merit badges and especially getting the rank of eagle,” said Mendez.
Danny Mendez fell in the footsteps of his great-great grandfather, William H. Simmons (1879-1959, scout leader in Kentucky), great grandfather, Zearl Davis (1906-1986, scout master and scout executive in Toledo, OH), grandfather, Max Davis (1947 Eagle Scout and previous leader of Troop 75), and uncle, Lawrence Davis, 1978 Eagle Scout in Troup 75.) The tradition continues.
“It is interesting to thing that my family members share my experiences so far back,” said Mendez.
This dedicated, hard working young man is a junior in high school. He began his career in 2005 when joining the Cub Scout Pack 81 in Kettering.
In order to qualify and receive the Eagle Scout award, it takes hard work and dedication. It requires leadership position requirements, certain merit badges, such as the Citizenship in the Nation and Personal Fitness. It also includes completing the Eagle Project. The Eagle Project consists of planning, designing, organizing and executing a project that will benefit the community. For Mendez’s Eagle Project, he renovated the basement of the Bellbrook United Methodist Church so that their youth group could use it. He had to consult with the church leaders, evaluate the needs, get the supplies and organize other scouts to help him with painting and closet modifications. Now, because of this dedication, Bellbrook United Methodist has a usable space that will benefit youth members for years to come.
“I’ve earned the Mile Swim award, Order of the Arrow, BSA Life Guard and the God and Family Award. For service I have helped with the Troop 75 Easter Egg Hunts, Scouting for food and I’ve done lots of camping including at Camp Oyo, which has a 10 mile hike,” Mendez said.
Danny is very excited and encouraging for future Eagle Scout recipients. “Scouting can be a great part of your life that gives you the chance to do, learn, and experience so many things; none of which you will regret or forget,” said Mendez.
Of course, Danny could not have completed his accomplishments without the help of troop leaders, Mr. Beeman, Mr. Green, Mr. Camp, and Mr. Nartker, who encouraged him and guided him through the requirements. Mr. Bouffioux helped him with the Eagle Project. He sends a special thanks to his mother for helping him stay on track through the whole process.
Mendez intends on continuing with his venture with the Boy Scouts and also plans to study Industrial Design in college.