Frank S. Westmoreland of Forest Cove has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts’ highest ranking. He received this honor at his Court of Honor ceremony April 1, held at Atascocita United Methodist Church. Westmoreland is a senior at Atascocita High School and is the son of Frank and Tess Westmoreland. His father is also an Eagle Scout, as are his uncles Eric and Mark Westmoreland.
Westmoreland, 18, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 56, sponsored by Atascocita United Methodist Church and under the leadership of his Eagle mentor Roger Thomas and Scoutmasters Bill Taylor and Jerry Kohler.
He began his scouting career as a Bobcat in 2006 with Pack 301 in the U.K. as a member of the Transatlantic Council. He achieved the highest award in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light, with Singapore Pack 3017. He advanced to Boy Scouts as a member of Singapore’s Troop 07. He has cleaned the beaches of Normandy, France with his fellow scouts and camped in the U.K., France and Singapore.
As a member of Atascocita’s Troop 56, Westmoreland held numerous leadership positions, including patrol leader, troop guide and assistant senior patrol leader (twice). He has earned 29 merit badges, and was elected to the Boy Scout honor society, Order of the Arrow, by his peers. Westmoreland participated in the 2013 National Jamboree in West Virginia as well as a 12-day backpacking trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2014.
In the summer of 2016, Westmoreland completed his Eagle project, during which he organized 30+ volunteers in the clearing of a 1/2 acre of land at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. He and his friends and family volunteered 187 hours to the project under the direction of Trevor Rubenstahl of the arboretum.
Westmoreland has also been very involved at Atascocita High School. He serves this year as president of the Beta Club and vice president of the choir, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Film Club, and is in the top 10 percent of his class. Westmoreland will attend the University of Texas-Austin in the fall and study radio, television and film. He wants to make movies that entertain while also continuing to serve others.