Our View: Eagle Scouts set great example for life

Published 5:33 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It’s human nature to complain. We all do it. The easiest example is probably litter, a topic that has been discussed as much as any other in the last year in Troup County. 

When we see litter by the roadway, it’s normal to think “somebody should do something about that.”

Although it doesn’t happen overnight, somebody does usually do something about it, whether it’s inmates in a work program or volunteers who are willing to give up part of a weekend to clean.

We all often have ideas on how to fix a problem, but due to lack of time or other factors, it’s not often that we actually roll up our sleeves and do something about it.

Nobody can say that about Wesley Mattox, a local student who completed his Eagle Scout project by fixing a unique problem facing churches in West Point.

The churches had been dealing with bats, who were roosting in the upper portions of the church. After looking into it, Mattox made 10 bat boxes, which have helped stop the bats in West Point Methodist Church and First Baptist Church. Mattox said up to 500 total bats can find homes in the boxes.

Mattox was recognized at a ceremony at West Point Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon and was officially recognized as an Eagle Scout.

He’s a senior at Troup High School and plans to study art and history in college. Anyone with that sort of drive figures to have a bright future.

We can all probably learn a lesson from Mattox and the work he completed in West Point. He saw a problem, came up with a solution and fixed it for the betterment of others.

Not only are those actions the epitome of an Eagle Scout, they’re also great examples for others to live by.