Tampa, Florida -10 Community was happy to help honor the Bay Area's newest Eagle Scouts in a gathering at the University of South Florida. 10 News reporter Grayson Kamm, who is also an Eagle Scout, emceed the event for the fourth straight year.
The Boy Scouts' Gulf Ridge Council serves eight counties and produced a large class of 236 Eagle Scouts in 2013. Boys working to earn Scouting's highest rank coordinate major service projects in the community.
This group's projects provided more than 35,000 hours of volunteer service in Tampa Bay, translating into a financial value of nearly $600,000. Service projects ranged from rebuilding outdoor classrooms at local schools to recording stories told by military veterans for a Library of Congress archive.
At the event, the council also recognized two dedicated, longtime supporters with special awards. Judge Chris Altenbernd and Tampa attorney Dave Hendrix received the Outstanding Eagle Scout award for their ongoing commitment to Scouting.
Business leader Carl Lindell served as the featured speaker at the event.