The Scout Oath reads as follows: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
The obligations that come when taking the Scout Oath are to be completed not just in a single moment of time, but throughout a scout’s life. Friendswood High School junior Daniel Londa has been living the words of the oath since he joined the Boy Scouts in 2011.
Currently a senior patrol leader, Londa is close to earning Eagle Scout status. One of the requirements he had to fulfill to become an Eagle Scout was completing a community service project. Immediately, he knew he wanted to give back to Cline Elementary where he was once a student.
“I went to Cline from kindergarten through third grade and I thought it was great,” Londa said. “I love this school district, I love my teachers, the administration has been awesome, so I thought it would be nice if I could do a project for Cline just to give back a little.”
Londa contacted Barry Clifford, principal of Cline Elementary, to ask him what he could do to help the school.
“He’s the guy who asks you what you need and does his best to do it,” Clifford said. “I gave him a list of things and he chose to build a base around our new flag pole because we wanted to have a place for people to walk up and stand by the flag without getting muddy.”
This project required approximately 40 hours of work from the planning stages to fundraising to actually completing the project.
In order to raise the funds needed to lay the base of the flagpole, Londa held a carwash with his troop at Christian Brothers Automotive. The business supplied the location and water for the event, which helped Londa raise approximately $400. In addition, Londa was able to receive $100 donations from both Lowes and Home Depot.
With the funds raised, Londa was now able to set his plan in motion.
“I knew I had to do this project during an extended period of time when students were not at school since there would be a big hole in the ground, so we did it over Christmas break,” Londa said. “First, we dug the hole for the base, we then laid sand and Brock PaverBase, then we laid the stones on top, completed the edging, wet it and had a final result.”
The base now stands with the American and Texas flags in the front of the school, but the final product did not come without its challenges.
“This project has taught me there are a lot more hidden challenges than there may seem,” Londa said. “Unexpected things can pop up and things that seem easy can be hard.”
Regardless, Londa persevered and rose to the occasion, something Clifford said he has observed since Londa was a student at Cline.
“He is a very responsible, very polite young man. Of course, when I knew him, he was little, but he was always a great student with a great family who was always involved with everything,” Clifford said. “To see him grown up now as a high-school student completing this project, he took care of everything himself and that shows his maturity, responsibility and leadership. Those are skills we want to show all of our students.”
Clifford hopes to tell current Cline students about Londa’s work.
“Now we can show our students [the base of the flagpole] and tell them it was done by a former Cline student who is well on his way to making a difference in the world,” Clifford said. “He has already made a difference here at Cline.”
Just as eagles are known for their ability to prosper and soar above the clouds, Londa has reached new heights with his outstanding work and his “out of the blue” service of giving back to Friendswood ISD.