Eagle Scout’s project a beauty to behold

Published 6:24 am Friday, February 27, 2009

By Staff
Bravo to Trent Midgette.
The 17-year-old from Belhaven has proven that Scouting is alive and well — even in an era when that activity may not seem so “cool” to some teens his age.
Midgette is one of Beaufort County’s latest Eagle Scouts, the pinnacle rank to which Scouting enthusiasts can aspire. Now a member of Troop 80, Midgette began his Scout career as a Tiger Cub about 12 years ago. He eventually became a Cub Scout, Scout and Tenderfoot — among other titles — on his way to his current ultimate rank.
Midgette was honored recently during a ceremony at First Assembly of God Church in Belhaven. As his Eagle Scout community service project, the Northside High School senior recently built bathroom facilities at the Belhaven public boating-access ramp.
That he chose such an arduous project and accomplished it professionally is a tribute to his fortitude and ability. The cypress-framed structure is a well-built beauty to behold.
And though he plans to attend East Carolina University and study math, the talented young man may be able to augment his future teacher’s salary by building custom woodhomes for customers.
His carpentry work appeared to be that good …
In addition to his community service project, Midgette’s other Eagle Scout requirements included becoming a troop leader and earning at least 21 merit badges. The badges recognize achievements in personal fitness, family life, citizenship in community, nation and world, emergency preparedness, first aid and personal management.
That’s a lot of responsibility; we’re sure only the top Scouts can reach those benchmarks.
Midgette, who said he chose to erect the bathroom facility because he “wanted to go above and beyond and do a substantial project,” is turning over the facility to the town of Belhaven to maintain.
He is also planning an April fundraiser — similar to one that kicked off his own project fundraising efforts — that will collect money to assist future Eagle Scout candidates with their community projects.
Midgette’s bathroom facility project has set the bar pretty high, but we’re anxious to see what the next Eagle Scout comes up with.