On Nov. 17, two Boy Scouts from Cedaredge BSA Troop 482 received the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts of America program: the ranking of the Eagle Scout.
The Eagle Court of Honor awarded the ranking to Blake Tullis and Cameron Signs.
The ceremony included an invitation to the Eagle’s Nest by Clay Campbell, district chair of the Denver Area Council, speakers for each scout and the presentation of the Eagle and palms.
Clay Campbell gave the new Eagle Scouts something called the Eagle Charge, in which he challenged them to live up to the expectations of the Eagle’s Nest by serving others, living selflessly, and being brave in the face of others who threaten those principles.
“I charge you, use the skills and the knowledge that you have gained to help other people at all times, continue to do a good turn daily, help and serve those around you and pay special attention to those most in need of your help, those who are weaker, smaller, less popular, less educated, poorer than you are,” Campbell said.
Blake and Cameron both accepted the charge, which serves as their word that they will uphold the honor which they have received and will live by the Scout Oath: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
To receive the Eagle Scout ranking, scouts are required to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, work their way through the various requirements of the Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout and Life Scout rankings and to complete a unique Eagle Scout project.
Blake completed his Eagle Scout project when he built a storage shed for Little Sprouts Community Preschool. Before the shed had been built, staff at the preschool stored items in large plastic bins that were difficult to organize. The new shed now sits at the back of the Little Sprouts playground.
Cameron’s project was a kick wall at the Orchard City Town Park soccer field. The new wall provides a surface for the various local soccer teams to practice kicking. The value of a kick wall is the ability to allow players to improve on both precision and velocity.
In addition to the Eagle, both scouts also received at least one palm. Each palm indicates five merit badges completed beyond the Eagle Scout requirement. Blake earned a palm and Cameron earned four.
Both scouts presented Mentor Pins, which were awarded to people who helped the scouts get where they are now and earn the honor of the Eagle.
At the end, families and friends celebrated Blake and Cameron’s achievements over refreshments.