Norris Scout completes Eagle Project at Norris Watershed

Michael Giles, Norris Eagle Scout – Picture by Crystal Huskey of the Norris Bulletin

By Crystal Huskey of the Norris Bulletin

Norris Eagle Scout Michael Giles just completed his Eagle Project — two kiosks on the watershed trails.

“They’re supposed to hold maps of the trails so people don’t get quite as lost out there,” Giles explained. Giles was coming up on his 18th birthday when Troop 73 Scoutmaster Dennis Curtin approached him about the project. In partnership with the watershed board, the projects are the culmination of years of dedication for Giles.

An Eagle Project is intended to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of their community. The project must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts, and it cannot be performed for an individual or a business or be commercial in nature. Completing an Eagle Project is required to become an Eagle Scout.

While he wasn’t a Cub Scout (the precursor to Boy Scouts), Giles began his scouting journey while he was still in middle school.

“There was a gentle-man who came to Norris Middle and talked to all the boys,” Giles said. “He talked about rifle shooting, and I really wanted to go do that.”

Ironically, to this day, Giles still hasn’t shot a rifle with the Boy Scouts. Still, he stuck with the troop from the time he was in 6th grade.

“I enjoyed it thoroughly,” he said.

He eventually became troop guide, teaching all the new boys everything about Scouting. For Giles, the big trips he and the troop took are some of his best memories. He spent one of his birthdays on a biking trip to DC with the troop, where he was surprised when a troop leader rode into town to get him a birthday cake.

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While the adventures are certainly memorable, it’s the people that keep popping up in conversation with Giles. He has
a tremendous amount of respect for the men who invested in him, as well as a deep affection for his fellow scouts.

“Mr. Curtin is an absolute role model for me,” Giles said. “I loved him from the minute I met him. He’s someone I want to be like. [Volunteer] Robert Spurling was one of the smartest people I know. He taught me a lot about planning. John Norman, my friend Eric Norman’s father, they were some of the first people I really talked to. To this day I know a bunch of knots he’s taught me. Ricky and Randy Williams, they help out as much as possible, and are so nice and talk to me all the time.”

He also credits his parents for his success as a scout, and is grateful for his time spent with the troop.

“It’s taught me so many life skills,” he said. “Before I was in Scouts, I would be scared and shaky speaking in front of people. Now that I’m in Scouts, and FFA, and troop guide for three years, I can get up and talk in front of anybody and not be scared. I’ve got a heart for talking to young kids, and I want to teach history. It’s shaped what I want to do in my life.”

Giles will attend Roane State this fall and study history.

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About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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