SEMINOLE — Two Eagle Scouts were recently honored by the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for outstanding leadership and citizenship.
Eagle Scout Nathaniel T. Johnson, son of Dan and Cindy Johnson of Seminole, and Eagle Scout John M. Gilbert, son of John and Tina Gilbert of Largo, were presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition last month by SAR Compatriot Art Hays presented the certificates at a Court of Honor awards ceremony.
Nathan joined Cub Scout Pack 355 in 2003 and advanced to Boy Scout Troop 355 in 2009. He has earned 32 merit badges and participated in many troop camping trips and other outdoor activities. He has camped out over 50 days in Florida and North Carolina. He has achieved the Boy Scout World Conservation Award and is committed to preserving and improving the environment.
His Eagle Scout leadership service project involved planning, organizing and constructing a wheelchair assessable pathway from the parking lot to the barn at the Horses for Handicapped Foundation of Pinellas County, located in Seminole. He also constructed a specially designed gate that allowed the convenience of easy access for those feeding the horses, yet providing for safety in preventing the horses from escaping. This foundation, supported by the Kiwanis Club, promotes and teaches recreational horseback riding to the handicapped.
Nathan is in the 11th grade at Seminole High School, where he is a member of the Key Club. He is also a member of the Gulf Coast Soccer team, where he plays as a defender.
Nathan's passion is with volunteering to help people with special needs, explaining that he has more understanding and connects easier with those having special needs. He has helped with Special Olympics and has coached his sister's special needs soccer team.
John, a member of Boy Scout Troop 468 in Largo, has earned 31 merit badges and participated in many troop camping trips and other outdoor activities.
In 2011, he hiked a 56 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. He is a member of the Timuquan Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. He has completed National Youth Leadership Training and has been a camp counselor and basic archery instructor at Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, Georgia.
His Eagle Scout leadership service project involved planning and organizing the construction of a playground at the St. James AME Church in Clearwater.
The funds he raised for the project allowed for the construction of two swings, a slide, a wall climbing unit and mulch in the play area.
John, age 18, is a Cadet Master Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol and a worship and production leader at Indian Rocks Baptist Church, where he is active in the Solid Rock Company, a youth outreach ministry. He will remain active in Scouting as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 468.
John is homeschooled in the 12th grade and enrolled in the Early College Program at St. Petersburg College. He has participated in varsity cross country and track at Largo High School. He is seeking a bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration and plans a career in law enforcement.