Tyler R. Adams, a 17-year-old resident of Jones County, became an Eagle Scout of Troop 485 March 20 at the Jones County Scout Center, proving to be a leader in the community.
He said becoming an Eagle Scout was the last step for him in the Scouts. He said the Boy Scouts taught him how to be a good leader, among other things. He said to become an Eagle Scout, he had to earn 21 merit badges and do a service project.
“The last thing I had to do was a board of review,” he said “I was very nervous, because I’m not that great at talking to strangers. It was kind of like a job interview, so it ended up not being so bad. It made me feel really good when they told me I was going to be an Eagle Scout.”
The Eagle Scout said his parents are very proud of him for his achievement, but COVID-19 delayed him becoming an Eagle Scout for a bit. He said his achievement says a lot about his character and his leadership skills.
“My dad and my uncle became Eagle Scouts, so I wanted to follow in their footsteps. A lot of very successful people are Eagle Scouts, so it’s a very good achievement to strive for. It’s important to me, because it’s an accomplishment people can recognize,” Adams said.
The Eagle Scout said his favorite thing about being a part of the Scouts was his interactions with others. He said he was able to meet people through the Scouts he wouldn’t have met otherwise. He said most of his troop was in different grades, so he wouldn’t have interacted with them at school.
“It was nice that all those people showed up to honor me becoming Eagle, but I don’t like being the center of attention,” Adams said. “I do appreciate everyone coming and honoring my achievement, but if it had been up to me, it wouldn’t have been like that.”
He said young people should join the Scouts because it builds character and exposes them to new things. He said he learned a lot through the Scouts, so he feels they will, too.
The Eagle Scout said he discovered Stonebrooke Suites in Gray had flower beds that needed rebuilding and repairing badly, so that’s what he did for his service project. He said he made it more accessible for residents with wheelchairs and took down fencing.
“I feel the project may not have gotten done, and it was something nice to do for the residents there. It needed to be done. It was a small service project, but I feel the residents really appreciated it,” Adams said.
He said he plans to get a welding certificate and his associate degree from Central Georgia Technical College after he graduates from the Jones County High School. He said he has an internship lined up this summer with C.W. Matthews.
“You get to earn lots of badges and do new things in the Scouts,” Adams said. “Most kids seem to join to have something to do with their friends, but you really do learn a lot. Becoming an Eagle Scout is an accomplishment to really strive for.”