Blake Bryan, son of Philip and JaReesa Bryan of Edmond, has completed the requirements for Eagle Scout. Blake is a member of Troop 94 and is a senior at Oklahoma Christian Academy. For his eagle project, he designed and constructed oversized dog houses for the Edmond Animal Shelter. His eagle ceremony was Dec. 14 at Santa Fe Presbyterian Church in Edmond.
Blake joined the Cub Scouts in 2001 and almost immediately set his sights on becoming an Eagle Scout.
“I wanted to be an Eagle Scout because I wanted to complete a commitment to something. A couple of my closest friends also became Eagle Scouts. I thought it would be a cool leadership task to oversee building dog houses for the Edmond Animal Welfare,” Blake said.
With the help of six other Scouts, Blake oversaw the building of four new dog houses.
“Basically I showed them what to do and directed them in building the dog houses,” Blake said.
Plywood for the dog houses was donated by Lowe’s and left over cash donations were given to the animal shelter. He became familiar with the animal shelter when he went to look for a new dog, and as a Cub Scout he and his father, who was the Cub Master, built some dog houses for the shelter.
“They remembered me from that time and when I went back they were happy to have more dog houses,” Blake said.
Blake was a frequent visitor to the shelter and his family has had three English mastiffs and two Brazilian mastiffs and now they have a schnauzer.
Blake was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and ran track and cross country for his school. He is a member of Troop 94 and his Scout Master is Mike Reed. Blake attended the National Scout Jamboree in Vermont in 2012 and he plans on attending Oklahoma Christian University.
“Being in Scouting is a great experience. It is a place to make a lot of friends and to learn a lot of neat things including learning about and practicing leadership,” Blake said.