Forrest Littlefield, grandson of San Saba resident Carol Littlefield, recently joined a very exclusive club. The club restricts its membership to those who are truly worthy—people who have shown an ability to set and reach high goals, to make and keep commitments even under adverse circumstances and to embrace and perpetuate important values such as integrity, loyalty and courage. The club includes astronauts, Nobel prize winners, member of Congress, famous athletes, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and a former President of the United States.
Forrest Littlefield joined the club of Eagle Scouts.
Becoming an Eagle isn’t easy. Only 2 of every 100 Scouts achieve Eagle status. To become an Eagle, one must earn merit badges, demonstrate leadership skills, develop and demonstrate camping and survival skills and complete a challenging community project. In Forrest’s case, he earned the Scout Badge and attained the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and finally Eagle. Forrest earned 21 merit badges and seven elective badges. He served as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe and Den Chief. He logged many hours on service projects, camped 80 nights, hiked over 100 miles and attended two Boy Scout High Adventure Camps.
For his Eagle Scout project, Forrest developed a natural parking area for a new multi-purpose trail head at Pace Bend Park just outside of Austin.
Forrest is a member of Troop 441 in Lakeway, Texas. He is a sophomore at Lake Travis High School and hopes to become a veterinarian. He is the son of Michelle and Jay Littlefield of Lakeway. The Littlefield Family owns property in south San Saba County.
If you’d like to be like Forrest and follow in the footsteps of men whose lives have truly made a difference, scouting may be for you. In San Saba, opportunities in scouting are available for both participants and adult leaders. Randal Hawkins (372.6014) is the local scoutmaster; the Assistant Scoutmaster Frank Jones. Others assisting include David Williams, Paul Gast and Terry Rogers. San Saba has both Cub and Boy Scout troops.
And, San Saba has produced its share of Eagles. One of the first Eagle Scouts was Charles McDowell who earned this rank in 1936. More recent recipients include Jimmy Shook 1962; Gene, Mike and William Hinyard 1961, 1964 and 1968; Terry Smith 1964; Lee McHorse 1985; James DeWitt 1995 and Josh Thomas, son of Mike and Tracey Thomas 1999. Forrest McGregor, who earned his Eagle Scout designation in 1959, is the grandson of Billy Gibbons who donated the land for the Boy Scout camp which bears his name.