Wichita man gets chance to become an Eagle Scout despite age

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WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita man is getting a chance to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming an Eagle Scout.

The Boys Scouts of America organization made an exemption so Garrett Knight, 20, could earn their highest honor despite his age.

“I’m finishing up my Eagle Scout project which needs to be done before my 21st birthday, which is three weeks away,” said Garrett Knight.

Knight has been working hard on his Eagle Scout project for about a year now at the Eagle Valley Raptor Center.

“What better to represent an eagle project than a bald eagle itself?” said Knight.

Knight along with some help from Boys Scout Troop 703 started putting together the final touches to an observation deck outside of the eagle flight pen so that visitors can get a closer look.

“They’re going to be able to see what a real bald eagle’s nest look like, and they’re going to be able to see what a hand made nest looks like,” said Knight. “They’re going to be able to tell the difference between the two.”

Garrett has a learning disability, but with support from his family and friends, he can do just about anything.

“My dad kept me in this and kept me going, and he helped me out as much as he could,” said Knight.

Tony Knight says he’s very proud of his son.

“That’s one thing I’d say about Garrett,” said Knight. “He puts his mind to something, and he’s going to keep doing that.”

The Boys Scout of America requires scouts to complete their Eagle Scout project before their 18th birthday.

The largest youth organization made a special exemption for Garrett by extending the deadline so he can earn his badge.

“It’s hitting me that it’s going to be done on time,” said Knight. “I didn’t think I was going to get it done.”

Tony Knight says he knew all along that his son was going to get the project done.

“Anybody can get out there and do anything they put their mind to,” said Tony Knight. “Just look at the opportunities that you have and go for it that’s what I told Garrett.”

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