Local scouts gather for Court of Honor
Published: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Boy Scout Troop 25 members and their families recently gathered to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the troop. The semi-annual Court of Honor was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with awards chairperson Della Martinez as master of ceremonies.
The evening started with senior patrol leader Austin Rencountre leading a presentation of the colors. It proceeded with the acknowledgement of merit badges and rank advancements that were earned over the past six months. Awards included over 30 merit badges and five scouts advanced to a higher rank.
The Path to Eagle includes six ranks. Each rank requires scouts to learn more, do more and serve others more. By the time a scout reaches the Eagle rank, he is well-prepared for many life lessons.
“Scouts learn valuable skills while they progress through the ranks. And, the skills are not just related to the outdoors,”â��said Scoutmaster Bradley Block. “They learn how to be leaders, how to mentor others and how to belong to a community. In my opinion, Scouting is one of the best youth organizations for involvement in today’s challenging world.”
The first rank is Scout. Most Scouts at this rank crossed over from Cub Scouts, while others are new to Scouting altogether. Earning the rank of Scout were EJ Gonzalez and Hunter Rice.
The second rank is Tenderfoot, where a scout starts learning camping skills, outdoor safety, first aid and personal fitness. Perhaps one of the most difficult ranks to achieve, due to the number of requirements, Tenderfoot was earned by Mitchell Snyder and Hunter Rice (his second rank for the night).
Next is Second Class, where scouts learn about local flora and fauna and practice skills such as orienteering, cooking over a campfire and swimming safety. This is followed by First Class, in which scouts learn about their constitutional rights and local political processes as well as some advanced emergency care services. Miguel Martinez earned both ranks and Logan Block accepted First Class.
Continuing on the path to Eagle includes the Star rank. These scouts have earned at least 10 merit badges, four of which are required for Eagle. They also have to work at least six hours on service projects that benefit their community. Life Scout is next, where scouts earn five more merit badges of which three more relate to Eagle. They are also required to teach younger scouts outdoor skills and serve in one of the troop’s leadership positions.
The last rank is Eagle. This is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Since 1910, there have been over 104 million registered scouts. Yet only about 40,000 have earned the Eagle rank. It is a coveted honor that remains with the scout for the rest of his life. The internal motto for this rank: “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Troop 25 is part of the Black Hills Area Council and is led by unit chairperson Ed Fischer. It is chartered (sponsored) by Black Hills Power and Custer Rotary. It currently has 15 scouts working toward the path of the Eagle rank.
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