Dayton teen obtains Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor

Marshall Wells of Dayton obtained his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts on June 21.

Troop 8 Scout Marshall Wells of Dayton passed his Board of Review for Eagle Scout thus obtaining scouting’s highest honor, The Eagle Scout Award, on June 21, 2019. He is the son of Mr. Marty Wells and Mrs. Dawn Wells.

Under the leadership and guidance of Scoutmaster Paul D. Newton, Troop 8 sponsored by Eastgate Church of Dayton, Wells has been a member for six years and has earned 30 merit badges.

As a BSA National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) graduate, he has served his troop over these years as Patrol Leader, Troop Guide. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and is currently the Quartermaster. Wells is an active Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s Honor Society, serving as a past Chapter Vice Chief of Hasinai Lodge.

As a member of Troop 8, Wells has camped over 100 nights in the outdoors having participated in numerous weekend campouts and attending camps at El Rancho Cima in Wimberley, Texas, Sid Richardson Scout Ranch in Decatur, Texas, Bear Creek Scout Reservation in Hunt, Texas, and Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp in Athens, Texas.

Wells continues to be active in Scouting and plans on attending Philmont Scout Ranch for a 12-day backpacking trek this summer with other Scouts from Troop 8. This fall, Wells will attend Dayton High School as a 12th grader. He is an accomplished musician, leader, and saxophone player in the Dayton High School Band having attended State Solo and Ensemble Contest, served as Section Leader, and currently serves as Drum Major. Wells is also a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and active in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) where he won Regional 1st Place in video production, advanced to State competition, and won the Statesman Award.

For his Eagle Scout community service project, Wells planned and executed the Dayton High School band bridge renovation project. This project required Wells to supervise a team of Scouts who designed and built a bridge to keep expensive band equipment out of the water when being moved onto the practice marching field. In all, over 180-man hours were spent planning, designing, and building the bridge.
Marshall is the 15th Eagle Scout to come from Troop 8 since its founding in 2005. A ceremony honoring Wells will take place this fall. Family and friends will be invited to attend.

About BSA Troop 8

Sponsored by Eastgate Church of Dayton, Texas, Boy Scout Troop 8 is one of the largest Boy Scout Troops in Liberty County and Trinity District. Being a full uniform, Scout-run Troop, BSA Troop 8 holds monthly camping activities and regularly attends summer and winter camps in Texas and/or Louisiana each year.

Troop 8 meets weekly on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at Eastgate Church in Dayton and is open to any young man who has completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old or is 11 years old, but has not reached age 18. For information, please attend a Troop meeting or visit

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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