Travis J. Parnell, a senior at Satsuma High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 32, is a candidate for the rank of Eagle Scout.
Travis chose as his Eagle project to build a fitness trail at Creola Park near the North Mobile Soccer Field on Old Highway 43. The trail, said Travis' mother, Cheryl W. Parnell, consists of three stations, with the 1st station including an incline sit-up bench, a pull-up bar and stretching poles. The 2nd station has a bar jump and hand walk rails. And the 3rd has balance beams and monkey bars.
Cheryl Parnell said that Travis must complete all qualifications by his 18th birthday April 1, then wait for an appointment with the Eagle Review Board. "Then it is decided" whether he will receive Eagle status, she said.
Tom Wright is Scoutmaster for Troop 32, which meets weekly at Satsuma United Methodis Church. Travis' mother said that her son had numerous people helping him achieve his goal. His JROTC instructor, Maj. Holt, helped him decide on a project. Then, his mother said, "friends of Scouts, parents of Scouts, past Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters" helped, and, she added, "Myself--someone had to take pictures (for his project book) and get food for workdays."
Cheryl Parnell said that she is very proud of her son. "There's more to him than just Scouts," she said. "He is 4th in his class graduating this year; he has been in JROTC for four years, during which (time) he has earned several medals; and this year, he decided to play soccer." And, she said, "He has already signed up for the Army National Guard to fund his college expenses."