Stefan Burgoyne earns the Eagle
Participating in a “Trail to Eagle” portion of Troop 1829’s Eagle Court of Honor for Scout Stefan Burgoyne, fellow Scouts, from the left, Logan Messick, Jakob Messick, William Frangia, Seth Burgoyne and Andrew Slavin. Each held up the ranks as Scout must progress through, reading a brief description, starting with Tenderfoot, then Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and finally, Eagle. The ceremony took place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Chester.
CHESTER — Stefan Burgoyne, 17, of Grasonville, who graduated from Kent Island High School with the Class of 2016, was presented his Eagle Scout Award during his Eagle Court Honor at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that sponsors Bay Scout Troop 1829, in Chester.
Members of Stefan’s former Troop 635, of Smyrna, Del., were also present and participated in the ceremony.
His mother, Melanie Butler, read a poem that was composed for an Eagle Court of Honor back in 1931. Here is a portion of the poem, titled, “It’s Only A Pin.”
She read: “A fond Mother watches her boy where he stands, Apart from his comrades tonight ... It seems to her just a few short months have passed
Since he joined with the youngsters next door ...
You may smile with your worldly wise wisdom at this And say, ‘Why it’s only a pin’ ... “The red, white and blue of the ribbons you see Are symbols of honor and truth. He has learned how to value these fine attributes In the glorious days of youth ... “Yes, it’s only a pin, just an Eagle Scout badge,
But the heart that’s beneath, it is true,
And will throb to the last for the things that are good; A lesson for me — and for you.” Stefan’s mom pinned his Eagle medal to his uniform, and his stepfather, Assistant Scoutmaster Matthew Butler, put his Eagle neckerchief over his shoulders and fastened it with a neckerchief slide during the formal ceremony.
Scouts who have known Stefan participated in the “Trail to Eagle” portion of the program, displaying each rank, starting with Tenderfoot, reading the meaning and lessons learned to achieve each rank, and concluding with the meaning of the Eagle rank.
The Eagle award is well recognized as the highest achievement a boy can attain in the Boy Scouts of America. Less than 3 percent of all boys who join BSA meet all the requirements to earn the award. It is a testament of perseverance, and self-discipline to meet those requirements. To organize an Eagle Scout Project that benefits the community, in Stefan’s case, he had a stairway enclosed at Talisman Farm to help maintain heat in winter and air conditioning in summer in the office of Talisman Therapeutic Riding in Grasonville.
Eagle Scouts are required to earn 21-merit badges, 11 of those mandated and 10 others from personal interest, hobbies or career oriented. They must meet leadership requirements over a period of several years in the troop. All of these leadership positions lead up to the ultimate in planning and executing the Eagle Project, which Stefan did for Talisman Farm.
Stefan plans to serve a two-year mission for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His assignment as to where he will ser ve as a missionar y has not yet been determined.
From the left, Melanie Butler stands with her Eagle Scout son, Stefan Burgoyne, 17, of Grasonville, Stefan’s father Tyler Burgoyne, and Stefan’s step-father Matthew Butler, at his recent Eagle Court of Honor at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Chester, where Stefan is a member of Boy Scout Troop 1829.