Five Local High School Boy Scouts Awarded Eagle Scout Rank
Think about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and chances are it conjures up images of campfires, hiking, and of course, performing good deeds like helping elderly citizens across a busy street. The fact is, however, there is so much more to scouting, especially for those very few scouts who are able to qualify for the most coveted scouting designation. The aims of scouting are to build youth into quality citizens by building character, fostering citizenship, and promoting fitness.
On April 29, five scouts from Fairview, Lucas and Allen received the highest rank in scouting, that of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor induction ceremony at the LDS Chapel in Fairview. They are: Jared Grimes, home schooled; Jaren Heidenreich, Allen; Cody Larimer, Lovejoy; Cooper Meldrum, Lovejoy; and, Matthew Walters, Lovejoy, all of BSA Troop 1234.
Only about four percent of the 2.3 million Boy Scouts of America will earn the Eagle rank. It usually takes five to seven years of intensive work, to earn the 21 merit badges, ten more than other scouts are required to receive, they must serve a minimum of 16 months in leadership roles, participate in camping at least for 24 nights, have at least seven Scoutmaster conferences and five boards of review and they must propose, plan and execute an Eagle Service Project, all before their 18th birthday. Each of the scouts honored as Eagles engaged in projects such as replacing a deteriorating porch at a senior citizens facility with a new concrete patio, replacing damaged and deteriorating sidewalks for one elderly homeowner and several projects that repaired, replaced and repainted siding and fences for homeowners in need. Each of the scouts relied upon advice and support from a scout-mentor along the way. Mike Fisher, Scoutmaster of Troop 1234 was recognized as a mentor by four of the five new Eagles, testimony to his deep-rooted commitment to scouts and scouting.
Because of the rigors required and the prestige Eagles earn, most people are familiar with the concept of Eagle Scouts. And Eagles enjoy some important benefits. The Armed Forces, for example, grant Eagle scouts a higher grade and pay than other recruits, college admissions officials consider the designation when reviewing applications, there are scholarships available only to Eagle Scouts and, employers often scan resumes looking for “Eagle Scout” because they value the attributes that are required for the rank.
Since the Eagle rank was first introduced in 1912, more than two million scouts have been awarded the rank including 39 of the 181 NASA Astronauts, 16 percent of the 39 percent of West Point cadets who were involved in scouting, 18 current U.S. Governors were scouts but only four were Eagle Scouts. At the Court of Honor ceremony a special section was dedicated to seating for all Eagle Scouts called The Eagle’s Nest. It illustrates that becoming an Eagle Scout is equivalent to being invested into a special lifetime brotherhood.