Local Eagle Scout member of unique group

Sawyer Joseph Garland, involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for over 10 years, is a member of a rare and unique group of Scouts. He has earned the four significant awards of Scouting: Arrow of Light, Order of the Arrow, Brownsea and Eagle Scout.


A member of Troop 522 (chartered by Ortega United Methodist Church), Garland earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award on May 22. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held Sept. 6 at the church.

Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting, is earned by a Webelo Scout and is the only Cub Scout designation that can be displayed on a Boy Scout Uniform. Garland is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, the Honor Society of Scouting. Garland also was selected and participated in the National Youth Leadership Training, known to Scouting as “Brownsea.” While at Brownsea, Garland was a member of the Patrol that earned Honor Patrol, a designation that is only earned and awarded to one Patrol of Scouts each year. Finally, Garland is now an Eagle Scout, the highest award in Scouting.

For his Eagle service project, Garland built, organized and installed, along with his fellow Scouts from Troop 522, a water play area at the Methodist Children’s Village at 7915 Herlong Road. The project included a “pitcher pump” with water-troughs and water-falls along with a wash-up sink. This project provides both fun and educational opportunities for the children.

Prior to earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Garland earned 30 Merit Badges, participated in five summer camps, Winter Blast Camp, and many troop campouts. Some of his other service includes Dignity U Wear, fund raising activities and other Eagle Scout service projects for fellow scouts. Garland also won the Pack 522 Pinewood Derby in 2006.

Garland is a senior at Paxon School for Advanced Studies. He is now 18 and although he can no longer be a Boy Scout, he is continuing to demonstrate the spirit of Scouting by signing up as an Adult Scout Volunteer and supporting fellow Scouts on their Trail to Eagle. Garland lives with his parents, Marvin and Angie, and sister Savannah in Ortega Forest.

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