Roberto D. has always been a fan of animals. In particular, he loves puppies.
He and his family are big supporters of their SPCA, so when it came time for Roberto to complete his Eagle Scout project, helping out the puppies at the SPCA was a natural fit.
Roberto worked with a team of family members and other Scouts to construct several dog beds so that the puppies at the SPCA could lounge in comfort.
Earning Eagle Scout is something that runs in Roberto’s family. His father Jaime and his two uncles had earned Eagle Scout in the same Scout Troop years ago, so when Roberto joined Cub Scouts, he always knew he was going to work to earn Eagle one day.
Of course, Roberto’s journey toward Eagle required him to overcome some challenges his father and uncles never had to face.
Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age, Roberto was aware that he would have issues with mobility as he grew older, but he never let that stop him from experiencing all that Scouting has to offer. He went on hikes and trips with his Scout unit, and other Scouts would help him along the trails so that they could all complete the hikes together.
He also earned all of the merit badges necessary for Eagle as well as many additional badges – some even his father thought he wouldn’t be able to earn.
“It’s always in the back of my mind he’s going to have so many difficulties, but seeing him flourish and be able to do a lot of the things in my mind I didn’t think he’d be able to do, I was really proud that he was able to prove me wrong with a lot of things,” his father said.