This past week my son and I were invited to an Eagle Scout Ceremony for a boy in his troop. It is important to us to attend as many of these ceremonies as we can because we know how much work goes into attaining this rank and we want to congratulate and support the young man receiving this honor.
It takes several years and a lot of work to become an Eagle Scout. You must not only achieve Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life Scout ranks first, but in total you must have earned 21 merit badges including these required ones:
- First Aid
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Personal Fitness
- Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
- Environmental Science
- Personal Management
- Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
- Family Life
Then, you must lead and complete an Eagle Scout Project that benefits the community, a school, or your church. All this must be done before the Scout’s 18th birthday.
My son is 16 and is completed with all the merit badges he needs for Eagle. He has decided on an Eagle Scout project, all that’s left to do is to draw up plans and complete it. I am so proud of him and his dedication to the Scouting Program!
The picture below was taken at last week’s Eagle Scout Ceremony for James in our troop. The boys had to get there an hour early to practice their part in the ceremony so I opted to hang out and read.
Look for my review of The Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks tomorrow!