NEWBERRY — Garrett Dominick is the latest young man to join the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in scouting and a rank that only a select few reach.
“We at Bethany Lutheran Church feel very privileged to host this Court of Honor for our own Garrett Dominick. I have been a witness to the nurturing and spiritual growth of Garrett and it’s truly been a blessing. We need more young men involved in scouting,” said Bethany Lutheran Church Rev. Robert McCollum.
Dominick first joined Troop One seven years ago, where he learned the basics of scouting including the Scout Oath, Scout Law and slogan. Then on Oct. 26, 2010 Dominick became a full-fledged Scout. He continued to work through the Tenderfoot requirements and on Dec. 6, 2010 became a Tenderfoot Scout. After fulfilling various scouting requirements on July 9, 2013 Dominick became a First Class Scout.
Dominick also served as Patrol Leader as he taught younger Scouts basic scouting, among other skills, and on Nov. 12, 2013 he achieved Star Rank and June 17, 2014 he achieved the Life Scout rank, one step away from Eagle.
He also actively served as instructor while working towards Eagle Scout, as well as participating, planning and leading a service project. To fulfill this requirement, Dominick planned, organized and led an improvement project for the Newberry County Council on Aging, painting and redecorating a foyer area and outside area at the facility.
“It was like landscaping, helping with the garden area where the elderly people can go there and enjoy being outdoors, plant flowers, maybe tomatoes or different fruits and vegetables,” Dominick said.
To honor Dominick receiving his Eagle Scout badge, he was presented with an American flag, that was flown to recognize his achievement, along with letters from the Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force and NASA. Senator Ronnie Cromer also sent Dominick a certificate and letter for his accomplishment of Eagle Scout.
Rep. Rick Martin presented Dominick with a certificate on behalf of the South Carolina State House to commemorate his achievement. Martin commended Dominick for accomplishing something that many young men often strive for.
“We have a great many Eagle Scouts in Newberry County and that’s something I’m very proud of at the State House. We have a great many men who we are so proud of, we sort of brag about it at the State House. Garrett, you have accomplished what many aspire, but very few achieve,” Martin said.
Dominick said that reaching the Eagle Scout rank is almost like a new step in life.
“It’s part of growing up and I feel like I accomplished something that will really help me later on in life, like with college and getting jobs,” he said.