BULLHEAD CITY–Local teen, Dylan Eaton, is spreading his wings and making a difference in the community.
“It makes me really happy to know that kids won’t feel what I felt,” said Dylan Eaton, 16, about the motivation behind his Eagle Scout project.
When Dylan was 11 years old, he was removed from his home and placed with his current guardian with only the clothes on his back. It’s a heartbreaking task that Bullhead City Police Officers assist with when transitioning children into a foster care placement.
Dylan’s Eagle Scout project involved assembling 50 backpacks, which he sought through community donations, filled with personal and comfort items for children who are taken from their homes. Dylan gave the backpacks to the Bullhead City Police Department for officers to hand out to children who are in the same situation that Dylan was a few years ago.
“This is fantastic,” said Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson, thanking Dylan for his project. “You’re really going to make a difference and you should always be very proud of becoming an Eagle Scout as it’s something very few people achieve.”
The backpacks contain numerous hygiene products, a stuffed animal, activity and coloring books, pencils, crayons, notepad, stickers, hair ties and other useful items.
An Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. According to the Boy Scouts of America, only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process.