Dennis earns rank of Eagle Scout


Evan Dennis had a goal – to earn his Eagle Scout Pin before his 16th birthday. At 14, he reached his goal well ahead of schedule. He received his pin at a Court of Honor and reception in January at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Pensacola.

Evan is in the ninth grade at West Florida High School. He’s the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Dennis of Pensacola, and the grandson of Donald and Betty Dennis of Oak Grove, and Mrs. Peggy Darby of Hoover, Ala.

For his Eagle Scout project, Evan wanted to do something for children, so he went to Sacred Heart’s website wish list and he saw “Super Hero Capes.” After getting the proper approval from Scout leadership, he enlisted the aid of fellow Scouts and other friends to help raise money, and his Mom and some of his former teachers to sew. He earned enough money to buy everything to make capes and to buy some additional items.

To Children’s Hospital, he donated 68 capes (37 for boys, 31 for girls), some video games, nine board games, 60 coloring books and 60 packs of 24-count crayons, 20 adult coloring books and 20 boxes of coloring pencils, and gift cards.

Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout, and in 2016 only 101 boys in the Gulf Coast Council, BSA, earned the Eagle Scout award. The Gulf Coast Council includes Escambia, Conecuh and Monroe counties in Alabama, and Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay, Gulf, Holmes, Washington, Oklaloosa, and Walton counties in Florida.