Over the next few weeks, The Daily Times will be doing a series of stories about some remarkable young men in the area. These gentlemen have been striving to reach the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest scouting honor.
Through their hard work, these young men have set out to make our community a better place.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is no easy task, the Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills before his eighteenth birthday.
Part of becoming an Eagle Scout is completing an Eagle Scout Service Project. The project provides an opportunity for the Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. This is the culmination of the Scout’s leadership training, and it requires a significant effort on his part.
Scout Alec Liston from Troop 12 reached his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout on May 15 of 2016. According to District Chairman Stephen Harvey, since 1994, the Troop has seen 44 scouts reach the Eagle rank.
“For my Eagle Project, I enhanced the North military section by the Kinneys Lane entrance of Greenlawn Cemetery. The reason I chose this project was due to the massive respect that I have for the military and my country that Scouts had instilled in me,” said Liston.
Greenlawn Cemetery is located at 618 Offnere Street, in Portsmouth and is the oldest public cemetery in the county. The burial records from 1872 to present are available in the main office. In 1872 there was a fire in the cemetery office and no records before 1872 survived.
According to Liston, his biggest struggle was navigating the role of leader, and figuring out what it takes to oversee a project of this scale.
“It was harder than I would’ve ever thought to go from a friend to being leader,” joked Liston. “But I thank scouting everyday for this lesson because it has helped me with being a student, a football player, and the many other senior activities I am involved in.”
Liston is currently a senior at Notre Dame High School and has plans to attend college in the Fall.
“I am undecided on my major at the moment, but with the leadership and many other lessons I have learned in scouts makes me confident in how my future will unfold,” said Liston.
Portsmouth Daily Times – Ciara Conley | @PDT_Ciara.