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Eagle Scouts are a special breed.  They are basically the elite, special forces of the Boy Scouts of America.  Where as the lessons young people learn in the Cub, Webelo, and Boy Scouts help them grow to be a responsible citizen of this country - the Eagle Scouts have their eyes set on the entire world.

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In December of last year, I told you about Shreveport Life Scout Jeffrey Schneider.  This ambitious young man was determined to traverse every roadblock in his way to the ultimate rank of Eagle Scout.  In order to do that, Schneider (a proud member of Shreveport's Troup 15) needed to complete an "Eagle Scout Project."  This project is up to the scout to determine and has to help humanity in some way.  While Schneider could have built a shelter for kids waiting at a bus stop, or cleaning up a stretch of highway - that wasn't enough for him.

Ronald Schneider
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Jeffrey Schneider had nothing less in his mind than helping a poor village in Honduras that had little to no access to clean water.  His plan was simple: Dig a freshwater well so that the residents of this village would never have to walk 3 miles to get enough water to drink, bathe, and cook with.  On paper, it's pretty straight forward - but in reality, this was a monumental undertaking!

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I am thrilled to report that Schneider's mission has been a resounding success!  With the help of The Simple Church, Honduras Well Project, and good hearted Shreveport citizens that donated - now the 300-400 folks who live in and around the village will have unfettered access to something we take for granted - clean water!  On top of that, the kids who normally hiked several miles everyday to get water for their families can now go to school!  This is a win-win-win-win if you ask me!

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