LIFE AFTER EAGLE: For Crestview man, scouting continues after earning highest rank

Brandon Woods Eagle CeremonY

Main: Eagle Scout Brandon Woods — left, with Boy Scout Troop 773 leader Kelly Carrico — says scouting centers on teamwork, and earning Boy Scouts of America's highest rank doesn't mean he's leaving the troop. Inset: Woods — addressing attendees at his April 19 Eagle Court of Honor ceremony — says he's now working toward earning Eagle Palms.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 02:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Brandon Woods may have earned Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, but that doesn't mean he's leaving scouting.

"We have been through a lot together," he said. "I wouldn't feel right just leaving them."

The Crestview resident, a Troop 773 member who's earned more than 60 Boy Scout merit badges, is working on earning Eagle Palms.

That requires remaining active in the troop after earning the Eagle honor, living the Scout Oath and Scout Law, demonstrating leadership, earning five more merit badges, participating in a Scoutmaster conference and completing a board of review, according to the BSA website.

Troop leaders say Woods, 23, can achieve those requirements and has the potential to do more.

"As far as the future goes, I would like to see him stay on with the troop and become assistant scoutmaster," Scoutmaster Daniel Behr said. "I have no doubt he can do it."

Pensacola's BSA office recently accepted Woods' Eagle Scout project — a prehistoric replica display viewable at the Northwest Florida State College Robert L.F. Sikes Education Center — and allowed the Crestview troop to give him the honor.

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