After a year’s worth of hard work and determination, Southeast Texas has another Eagle Scout ready to take on the world.
Hunter Kilgore, 18, of Troop 85 of St. Anne’s Home School Association has completed his Eagle Scout court of honor after a board approved his project and other requirements to receive the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Kilgore removed and replaced 150 feet of wooden fence for the Floyd and Hazel Mack Scout Foundation. Kilgore also removed shrubs, trees and other debris from the fence line before digging new fence posts and erecting a new fence.
“I felt like I needed to give back to an organization that has given me so much,” Kilgore said of his project at the local BSA office.
Although the scout spent at least $800 up front on materials and tools, Kilgore eventually raised more than $2,000, donating the remaining $1000 to a fund for aspiring Eagle Scouts.
“A lot of local businesses helped me out a lot,” he said. “M&D (Supply) gave a lot.”
Had it not been for the generosity of local donors and the manpower of his fellow scouts, Kilgore said the project would have been even tougher. Having helped his fellow scouts on their Eagle Scout projects, he said getting workers was easy.
“I tried to help everybody along the way,” he said, referring to other Eagle Scout projects Kilgore participated in. “So when I asked for help, there was no hesitation.”
Having recently graduated from Kelly High School, Kilgore said he has big plans to be a CEO of a major corporation.
“Hopefully next year I’ll be attending LSU,” Kilgore said, adding he plans to study business.
“I’ve just got big dreams,” he said.
Still young and with time to decide his future, Kilgore said he might have plans for work at a legislature near you.
“I’ve been told I have the skills to be a politician or maybe even a lobbyist,” he said. “But I don’t know. I’ll just see where it takes me.”
Clay Thorp can be reached at (409) 832-1400, ext. 225, or by e-mail at clay [at] theexaminer [dot] com.