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Earning top spot: Decatur sophomore becomes Eagle Scout

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
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TOP HONOR – Decatur sophomore Garrett Guess recently passed his review to earn his Eagle Scout badge. He will be presented the prestigious award Saturday at his Court of Honor. Submitted photo

Garrett Guess finished his Eagle Scout project last summer, leading the charge to build a picnic pavilion at Heritage Creek Lake.

But it would take a year to get the paperwork completed to get the prestigious honor.

“I’d fill it all out, and it’d get erased,” Guess said. “I did it three or four times. The last time, I’d type four or five words and save it.”

After passing his review in June, Guess will formally be presented the Eagle Scout badge at 6:30 p.m. Saturday during his Court of Honor at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur.

“Only 2 percent of Scouts reach Eagle,” Guess said. “To know that I’m there, it’s shocking.”

Becoming an Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in Boy Scouts, was not the Decatur sophomore’s main goal. And reaching the status, it does not jump to the top of the 31 other merits he’s received. His favorite badge remains metal working, which he’s turned into one of his three jobs – custom blacksmithing.

“I mostly do small trinkets or knives,” Guess said.

His mother, Shari, said he can be found at the forge all day long even in 110-degree weather like this summer.

Guess wants to pursue a career in engineering and architecture. He put those skills to use on the Eagle Scout project, organizing the build of the large, covered picnic pavilion, complete with a barbecue grill and hitching post, for the Heritage Creek Homeowners Association at Heritage Creek Lake.

The project took more than 200 hours of organization, labor and community service.

“They were shocked to see how it turned out,” Guess said.

The total cost of the project was less than $3,000. The estimated retail cost was around $13,000.

Along with becoming an Eagle Scout, Guess is a member of the Scouts’ honor society, Order of the Arrow. He also completed the Twin Arrows, a national youth leadership training program.

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