Eagle Scout Recognized on News 4 San Antonio

By Kimberly M. Rodriguez for the Alamo Area BSA: April 14, 2016 (photo by Angel Zuniga Martinez)

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, News 4 San Antonio featured Eagle Scout Hunter Beaton, 15, after he was recognized for his Eagle Project where he raised $10,000 for a Boerne non-profit that helps foster families.

From the money raised, Beaton was able to buy and donate 100 duffle bags filled with every day necessities and was also able to donate $1,500 and $2,700 in H-E-B gift cards to the non-profit. His inspiration came from his own family experience when his family adopted two foster children and all they came with was a garbage bag with worn out clothes. 

"I wouldn't want to feel that way if I was a foster child," Beaton said. "I would want myself to have something and this will give them that."

Beaton is an Eagle Scout with Troop 18 in the Summit District of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.

"The Alamo Area Council is proud of Hunter doing his Scouting 'Good Turn' by giving back into the community," said Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive/CEO with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.  The Alamo Area Council produces about one Eagle Scout a day every year.  In 2015, 351 Boys Scouts in the Alamo Area Council achieved Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout, contributing 60,560 service hours with a value equaling $1,397,119.20 (million) invested into our local economy and community.* 

Scoutmaster, Lance Hirsh has worked with Beaton since he was in the first grade and isn't surprised by his success. 

“I’ve been involved in dozens of Eagle Projects over the years, and they are all good. Most of them are what I would call passive projects. They are there waiting to be used - such as trails, benches, bridges, and other improvement type projects," said Hirsh. "Hunter’s project is active and it doesn’t wait on someone to be affected by it – it reaches out and directly affects those in need when they need it.  It has a tangible, direct impact on kids and their foster families. We are all proud of him at Troop 18!”


* Estimate only based on value of volunteer time in State of Texas set at $23.07 per hour as reported in “Independent Sectors Value of Volunteer time” (2015) www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time. 

FULL STORY on News 4 San Antonio:

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