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Marble Falls Boy Scout Laying the Bricks for Eagle Scout Project

Strait Stacks, a member of Boy Scout Troop 284, is working toward his Eagle Scout rank, which includes tackling an Eagle Scout project. Stacks is working on a bricked gathering area around the flag pole of the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility. He is selling paver bricks at $40 each, which includes three engraved lines of up to 18 characters per line. Email kcrcookers@yahoo.com for more information or to place an order. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — Strait Stacks is working his way to the Eagle Scout rank one brick at a time, but he needs a little help getting there.

Stacks, who currently holds the rank of Life Scout in Troop 284, wants to create a gathering space in front of the Marble Falls Public Safety Facility, 606 Avenue N, around the flag pole. His idea includes laying down a number of 4-inch-by-8-inch bricks, or pavers. Stacks is asking people, businesses, and organizations to purchase a brick (or as many as they like) to go into the project.

“On each brick, you can put something on it,” Stacks said, “like a favorite saying or something like that.”

The bricks are $40 each, which includes three lines of up to 18 characters on each line.

The project is one of the many things Stacks must complete, or has completed, on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout, the top rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Straits, who is going into his senior year as a homeschool student, joined Scouting during his elementary school days as a Cub Scout.

While many youth might jump ship from Scouting, Straits stuck with it. He moved from Cub Scouts to Webelos, and, eventually, into the Boy Scout ranks. As a Boy Scout, he started out as a Tenderfoot, then made his way through Second Class, First Class, and Star ranks and now Life.

“It takes a lot of work,” Stacks said in regard to earning the Eagle Scout rank.

And it’s still rather rare. According to various reports from sources related to the Boy Scouts, only 4-6 percent of kids who enter the Scouts ever reach the Eagle rank.

Stacks, however, isn’t there yet. He has to finish his Eagle project.

A goal of the Eagle project is to give prospective Eagle Scouts a chance to put their leadership skills into action. Stacks will head up a group of other Scouts, who will assist him in the project.

It might just be the toughest part of making Eagle.

“Trying to get a group of teenage boys to do something is challenging,” Stacks added.

If you’re interested in helping Stacks by purchasing a brick, you may email him at kcrcookers@yahoo.com for ordering information or go to thatsmybrick.com/epss. Online, you can pay by credit card, check, or money order. You can also personalize the brick and indicate that you will pay Stacks by check or cash in person.

The deadline for ordering bricks is July 1.

Stacks hopes to start laying the bricks by mid-July, followed by a dedication ceremony once he completes the project. Go to scouting.org for more information on the Boy Scouts of America.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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