By Richard Mundy
For Hometown News
Chris and Sherri Flynn of Ormond Beach have a lot to be proud of.
In September, their son Christopher became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Boy Scout can aspire to. Now they can be doubly proud, for their younger son, Kyle, has just earned the same distinction.
The process for becoming an Eagle Scout is daunting, including earning 21 merit badges, demonstrating leadership qualities, living the principles of the Scout Oath and meeting a number of other qualifications. But 18-year old Kyle was aware of this, having watched his brother go through it all.
Kyle followed behind his Dad and brother into the Cub Scouts and worked his way through to Boy Scouts, which he has been in for the past six years. A major undertaking necessary for making Eagle Scout, to use Kyle's words, "is to complete a community service project that benefits the community."
Christopher was a role model for his four-year younger brother, but has said of Kyle, "He's a star scout; he's moving up (through the ranks) faster than I did."
For Kyle's community project he chose to build a dog park at the Cedar Oaks Holly Hill Assisted Living Facility. Kyle explained that "it's 24 by 24 feet ... and it's a grassy area fenced in with a chain link fence and there's one bench inside and one outside." He further explained he built it for those in the area as well as those in the assisted living facility who have dogs with nowhere to take them to be leash free.
Home Depot donated much of the materials for the chain link fence. "They gave me a discount for the rest," he said. "They were very helpful." He received donations from a number of other businesses, too.
To help him build the park, Kyle recruited help from his Boy Scout troop and some friends also volunteered to pitch in with the build. He had as many as 25 people each day.
Kyle said he has been back since he finished it several months ago and there were people using it. While he was building it, Kyle said "We had two older citizens (he estimated that they were in their 70s or 80s) who lived in the community who wanted to come out and help us."
He thought it was cool that they wanted to help.
Kyle got his Eagle ranking at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony Sunday, Feb. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Ormond Beach. During the ceremony, Kyle's Dad read congratulatory letters from Gov. Rick Scott and Pope Benedict. Kyle is a member of Scout Troop 468.
As a senior at Seabreeze High School, Kyle expects to graduate this year with a 4.2 GPA and has already mapped out his next step. "I will be attending the Naval Academy," he said. "I've actually secured a congressional nomination."
"I've really been very patriotic ... and wanted to give back to my country since I was a little kid," he said.
He plans to make the Navy a career.
He also received a proclamation from Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley that enumerated his many accomplishments and declared Feb. 17, 2013, as Kyle Flynn Day.