Earning the Eagle Scout award is a prestigious feat that only 50,000 young men achieve each year.
Max Briggs, 18, earned his Eagle Scout award last December and is celebrating with friends and family later this September.
Briggs graduated from Del Oro High School in 2017 and is coming up on his sophomore year of college at Seattle Pacific University.
Briggs joined Boy Scouts when he was 11 years old. He worked his way through all of the ranks, earned the necessary merit badges and completed his community service project in order to earn the Eagle Scout award.
“My parents really encouraged me to pursue it and my Scoutmaster Eric Hazard really encouraged and supported me,” Briggs said.
One of the pillars of earning the Eagle Scout award is the community project. The project is supposed to directly impact the community the scout lives in, Briggs said.
Briggs chose to construct a shade structure at his church, Sierra Grace Church, for his community project.
He said the church had been trying to create an outdoor space for a while and nothing had been successful. Now, with the new structure, the church goers can participate in Bible study outdoors or have brunch outside under the new structure.
He led the entire project and had to gain approval from his scoutmaster and scout district before the project could even begin.
It took a total of six months to complete the project. The structure was completed in September of 2017.
Briggs said all of the requirements were intimidating at first, but breaking them down step by step showed him how to achieve what seemed unreachable.
“It feels nice to know that if I want to do something, I can do it,” Briggs said.