On April 12, 2015, Alex Gifford and Alec Kabot of Boy Scout Troop 1631 received their Eagle Scout Award in an Eagle Court of Honor attended by family and friends. This is the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. Alex’s father, Ed Gifford, proudly attended not only as a father, but also as a long term Advancement Chairman of Troop 1631 and Alec’s father, Matt Kabot as an instrumental Assistant Scout Master for the past 7 years.. Alex’s brother, Eagle Scout Trey Gifford issued the Eagle Challenge, along with Alec’s brother, Eagle Scout Dillon Kabot offered the Invocation and Benediction for the ceremony.
These young men, Juniors at Clements High School, began their scouting journey as tiger cub scouts in Den 13 with Pack 1882 at Commonwealth Elementary in 2004. Their path to Eagle involved numerous camping nights, merit badges, leadership activities including Alex serving as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader in 2012 and Senior Patrol Leader in 2013 and Alec as Troop Guide and Patrol Leader. In 2010, Alex and his father attended BSA’s Centennial Jamboree “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey” in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Both scouts participated in many service opportunities and High Adventure treks. Both scouts attended Florida Seabase in 2012 as certified scuba divers. Alex canoed more than 50 miles at Northern Tier in the Canadian wilderness with his fellow scouts and father in 2013. Scouts are required to portage their own supplies and food during these two week High Adventure trips. Alex also backpacked over 75 miles of the trails at Philmont in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico reaching the tops of Tooth of Time and Baldy Mountain with his fellow scouts and father in 2014.
As part of the Eagle requirement, each boy was required to complete an Eagle project demonstrating their leadership and planning skills:
Alex managed and led, Scouters and Friends in constructing five learning gardens for Briargate Elementary in Fort Bend ISD. The completed gardens had been through significant planning, design and authorization steps prior to construction. The learning gardens each are supporting by a full irrigation system and curriculum for each grade level. A total 355 man hours were spend on this project. A financial grant was made possible through Schlumberger to make this project possible.
Alec led a group of friends and fellow Scouters to construct a large deck, including steps and a wheel chair ramp, for the back of the Bethel Ministries Church building in Stafford. Until the deck was built, there was no direct access to the back of the church which includes a child’s play area, ball field and green space for church activities. Bethel Ministries services the area providing not only church activities, but holiday food provisions and a day care. A total of over 171 hours was spent on the planning, design, fund raising and build of the project.
Boy Scout Troop 1631 is the first troop chartered in First Colony over 30 years ago, and has helped 151 boys achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop meets Monday nights at Fort Settlement Middle School. Learn more at http://www.t1631.org/