CLEARWATER — Eagle Scout David Sowinski, son of Keith and Caryn Sowinski of Clearwater, was presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition from the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for outstanding leadership and citizenship as demonstrated by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout.
SAR Compatriot Art Hays presented the certificate at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on March 16 at the First Presbyterian Church in Dunedin, which has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 10 since 1921.
Sowinski began his scouting journey as a Cub Scout with Pack 222 in Clearwater, where he earned his Arrow of Light Award. In December 2008, he transitioned to the Boy Scouts and subsequently joined Troop 10 in 2012. He earned 26 merit badges and participated in many local troop camping trips and other outdoor activities. He has camped out over 100 days, including summer excursions at Camp La-No-Che in Paisley, Fla., Camp Woodruff at Blairsville, Ga., and Camp Rainey Mountain at Clayton, Ga. He has held numerous troop leadership positions and is a member of the Timuquan Lodge 340 of the Order of the Arrow, where he is a brotherhood member.
His Eagle Scout leadership service project involved planning and organizing for the beautification of the Dunedin Public Library's Friends Playground. He performed fundraising and received substantial support for the project from Ace Hardware in Dunedin. He directed volunteers in the enhancement of the playground with mulch, pavers, trees and hedges.
Mayor Dave Eggers of Dunedin recognized David with a certificate of recognition for his beautification project.
A sophomore at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Sowinski, 16, also enjoys recreational soccer.
There are 325 requirements to the path to Eagle Scout. Of every 100 boys who join scouting, fewer than five will attain the rank of Eagle Scout.