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Eagle Scout revisits elementary school for final project

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Gavin Caruth Eagle Scout

Gavin Caruth, center, recently earned his Eagle Scout rank in Troop 137 along with his Troop-mates, Lenny Hanson (left) and Steven Knight.

After deciding to start his journey in Boy Scouts at Franklin Elementary School over a decade ago, a recent Centennial graduate decided to finish it there as well.

Gavin Caruth recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout after completing his final project at Franklin Elementary School. The project involved cleaning up the school's outdoor courtyard and creating a paver patio using bricks from a fundraiser that had been left unattended for some time.

“That’s kind of where I got involved originally,” Caruth said. “There was a Cub Scout pack that came to our elementary school and was handing out flyers, and I remember telling my dad, ‘I want to do this.’”

Caruth’s father, Jeffrey, was also a Boy Scout growing up, though he didn’t quite make it to Eagle. He said he was proud to see his son achieve the highest rank.

“It was incredible to watch the journey of my son from being a boy coming to age to a man,” he said. “As when I was in Boy Scouts with my father helping me through scouting and knowing the values that I received in scouting, ... seeing my son surpass me to achieve his Eagle Scout was one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had.”

Jeff Green, the Scoutmaster for Troop 137, shared that Caruth is “a good person who lives through the Scout oath and law,” adding that he’s friendly, helpful and always quick with a smile.

Green also noted that, as far as he knows, Caruth is the first African American Eagle Scout from Troop 137.

Caruth shared that the main draw for him as a kid was getting to participate in outdoor activities, but over the years, his experience in Boy Scouts has also taught him leadership skills and supported him as he grew up and learned social and intellectual skills.

Caruth has already started his college journey with summer courses at Western Kentucky University in pursuit of a degree in exercise science. He said Boy Scouts has already aided him at school, and he doesn’t anticipate that changing.

“[Boy Scouts skills] just teach you how to be responsible,” he said. “And I just think the leadership skills are important to help develop your future and have a positive outlook.”

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