Matthew Beal, son of Robert and Jennifer Beal of St. Petersburg, Fla., has achieved the Boy Scouts’ highest rank, Eagle Scout. His award was based on his accomplishments as a scout and his service to the community. Beal, 18, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 337 and has held numerous leadership positions including Quartermaster, Troop Guide, Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. For his journey to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Beal earned 41 merit badges, served a minimum of 16 months in a leadership position, went camping for a minimum of 24 nights, attended a minimum of seven Scoutmaster conferences, and attained five boards of reviews as well as proposing, planning, and carrying out an Eagle project.
Beal received many congratulatory letters not only from the state of Florida but also letters from throughout the U.S. Those letters included congratulations from all U.S. military branches, Florida State Senator Bill Nelson, United States Submarine Veterans and Pinellas County Sheriff, Bob Gualtieri. Included in the audience and presenting awards were Pinellas Park Mayor, Sandra Bradbury; Edwin Dewitt from the Korean War Veterans Chapter 14; St. Petersburg Lodge Exalted Ruler, Cathy Shriver, who read and presented Beal with a congratulatory letter from Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm J. McPherson Jr.; and West Central District Deputy, H. Tom Shriver, who read and presented Beal with a Grand Exalted Ruler certificate of merit and a pin.
Matthew Beal reached his goal of Eagle Scout in December 2017 and received his Eagle badge during a Court of Honor ceremony held at St. Petersburg Lodge April 28. Master of Ceremonies was Scout Master Jeff Mills.