Pinter, Gentle earn Eagle honor
Tyler Pinter and Samuel Gentle of Rogers Boy Scout Troop 582 have earned Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The two boys were honored at an Eagle Court of Honor for their accomplishments.
Pinter’s ceremony was held May 19 at his home church, Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. Gentle’s ceremony was held May 29 at Troop 582’s charter sponsor, Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers. They become the 13th and 14th Eagle Scouts to hail from Rogers Troop 582.
Pinter, 17, will be a senior this fall at Rogers High School and has been an active member of Troop 582 since joining in fifth grade. His Eagle Scout service project was building a garden shed to house all sorts of gardening equipment for the Valley Community Garden which is hosted by the Valley Community Presbyterian Church. The community garden is available to church members as well as the local community to allow people to plant and harvest their own fresh produce. He met with both the church session and the garden community to discern their needs, offering different design options.
After receiving approval for the project, he coordinated every phase of the project, from the delivery of the Class 5 gravel base to the final roofing of the shed. He petitioned the garden club as well as the church endowment fund committee for funding of the project. He also coordinated the many volunteers (friends, fellow Scouts, youth group and church members) who were involved in the project over the three months and 350 hours it took to complete the shed.
Pinter is the son of Mike and Camille Pinter.
Gentle, 14, will be a freshman at Rogers High School this fall and has also been an active member of Troop 582 since fifth grade. He became the youngest member of Troop 582 to ever achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
His Eagle Scout service project was done for Can Do Canines, a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs for people with disabilities.
The project entailed many different facets and totaled 315 hours of volunteer time from the troop and community. He submitted a proposal and gave a presentation (including the dogs) to the Rogers Lions Club to solicit funding for his project. He organized volunteers and supervised the moving of a large fenced dog play area, arranged a presentation to educate others about service dogs and Can Do Canines, held a dog toy drive, made training mats to provide to new puppy raisers and also led the building of wooden stairs used for the training of the service dogs.
Samuel Gentle is the son of Tom and Theresa Gentle.