2015-02-28 / The Bullhorn

Winstead awarded Eagle Scout

By Anderson Clayton
Bullhorn Editor


Collin Winstead sits in the completed prayer garden at Concord United Methodist Church. 
submitted Collin Winstead sits in the completed prayer garden at Concord United Methodist Church. submitted Roxboro Community School (RCS) junior Collin Winstead obtained Eagle Scout ranking in his Boy Scout Troop 239 of Concord United Methodist Church.

Winstead has been an active Boy Scout member since he was 12 years old.

To obtain the level of Eagle Scout, each member must follow a series of steps, including:

• be an active member in the troop after achieving the rank of a Life Scout;

• provide recommendations to the troop leaders on their behalf;

• earn a total of 21 merit badges;

• while a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit and plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community;

• take part in a unit leader conference; and finally,

• successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

For his community service project, Winstead constructed a stone prayer garden at Concord United Methodist Church.

“The idea came to me when I heard Rena Morton talking about how she wanted something to commemorate the life of her daughter who died of ovarian cancer,” said Winstead.

In his years as a Boy Scout, Winstead has earned a total of 32 merit badges ranging from carpentry to cooking. He has learned many useful skills that helped shape him to be the leader he is today, he said.

Winstead said, “Throughout the years, I have learned many life skills that will help me with future events that will take leadership, diligence, and quick judgment calls.”

Winstead identifies being a Boy Scout with someone who is willing to aid others no matter what.

Demonstrating his leadership traits, Winstead’s most memorable experience as a Scout was when he was able to save a man’s life.

“He had fallen off of his horse and broken several vertebrae in his back. Knowing what to do, my Scoutmaster and I helped stabilize the man’s back until Life Flight was able to rescue him,” said Winstead.

As an Eagle Scout, Winstead said the most important trait of being a good leader is knowing how to motivate all types of people.

“By understanding how to motivate others, you will be able to spend your time working efficiently and effectively,” he concluded.

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