Troop 1631 gets new Eagle Scouts
STEVENSVILLE — Boy Scout Troop 1631, sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church of Kent Island, recently hosted an Eagle Court of Honor for three of its members: Erik William Fehrenbacher, Brandon Matthew Gross and Jacob Preston Weaver. The program took place inside the chapel of the church.
The Eagle Scout Award is the highest recognition a young man can achieve in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Remarkably, only 3 to 4 percent of all boys who join Scouting actually earn the award, which truly distinguishes and sets apart those who do achieve it.
To earn their Eagle, each boy must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, 11 of those are specific “Eagle required” badges, and the other 10 are of the boy’s individual choice, usually ones the Scout has a personal interest in, sports, hobbies or even careeroriented badges. The Scout also has to serve within his troop in several different leadership assignments during his years of progressing through the ranks, beginning as a “Tenderfoot” Scout, then Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life ranks, before becoming eligible to pursue the Eagle rank.
Once achieving Life rank, the boy can plan and organize an approved Eagle Scout Project that must benefit the community. Following completion of the Eagle Project, the boy submits his paperwork to have an Eagle Board of Review, where trained adult leaders review his Scout records, and he is personally interviewed by the Board members. Upon approval from the formal Board of Review, he is provided a Court of Honor where is Eagle Award is presented.
Each of these young men accomplished these requirements. Brandon earned a total of 31 merit badges; Jacob, 27; and Erik, 25.
When asked individually which merit badge was the most enjoyable, all three said “Wilderness Survival.” It was very much a high adventure experience camping outside overnight with nothing other than what nature provided and the boys’ creativity — no tent or other “creature comforts” allowed.
Which merit badge was most challenging? Erik and Jacob both said the “Cooking” merit badge, as the requirements have recently changed and become more rigorous, and it is now an Eagle required badge. Brandon said “Personal Management” was most challenging to him.
“I had never been taught to work with a budget before,” he said. He indicated he wished they offered a course like it in school so students could have a more realistic knowledge of what it takes to live in the real world.
The most interesting or memorable Scouting experience in all their years? It was unanimous — “Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.”
Brandon said, “I recommend every Scout to experience that!”
All three were awed by the majesty of the mountains and majestic views, “morning and night” as the sun rose and set.
Jacob called it “truly the ultimate Scout experience.”
Erick said, “I will never forget the views we saw and the memories I shared.”
As their Court of Honor concluded, each presented “Mentor Pins” to those who were personally chosen as MVPs in their Scouting careers. All presented Scout leader Keith Fulmer with a pin, describing him as “amazing,” “my first Scoutmaster” and “a second father when my own dad, occasionally, couldn’t always be there”.
Mentor pins were also presented to: Calvin Martin, Jason Bailey, Evans Heath, Bridgette Bailey, and all three of the boy’s fathers: Brian Weaver, Dave Fehrenbacher and Chris Gross. All three boys said they recognized how fortunate they have been to have such tremendous adult support and guidance on their trails to Eagle.
Three Life Scouts, all members of Boy Scout Troop 1631, sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville, recently were presented their Eagle Scout Awards, from the left, Erick William Fehrenbacher, Jacob Preston Weaver and Brandon Matthew Gross. Though presented individually, these three Scouts decided to hold their Eagle Court of Honor together.