Ste­fan Bur­goyne earns the Ea­gle

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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