By Paula Walter
The road to Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts, is long and requires dedication, not just for the scout himself, but for his family, his fellow scouts, leaders and the scout master. This past week, Spencer Henry earned the rank of Eagle Scout, one of more than 2,000,000 scouts who have received this honor since 1912. Henry’s road to Eagle encompassed acquiring leadership and outdoor skills, along with service to others.
Henry began the road to Eagle Scout when he entered Tiger Cubs, the very first rank in Cub Scouts. “I went full tilt all the way thru,” he said. He joined the local Boy Scout troop that fell under the support and sponsorship of the Butler Ruritans. The boys that started with Boy Scout Troop six have grown up, and Henry and fellow Eagle Scout Jonathan Barrett are the only two remaining in Terry Potter’s troop. “Terry is the only leader I can say that has only Eagle Scouts in his troop, although there are only two in the troop,” said Henry with a smile. According to Henry, he is Potter’s fifth scout to make Eagle. There have been approximately 200 scouts in Potter’s troop as he has been involved in scouting for approximately 30 years. Barrett has gone on to earn Eagle palms, each one representing an additional five badges.
According to Henry, their scout meetings focused on working on merit badges. There are more than 130 merit badges that scouts can earn, and 21 of those 130 are needed to qualify for Eagle Scout. While there are some choices that can be made, there are 13 that are required. These include first aid, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the country and in the nation, communications, cooking, environmental science, personal management and personal fitness, camping and family life. They may choose between emergency preparedness and lifesaving, as well as deciding between cycling, hiking or swimming.
One of the major components on the road to Eagle Scout is a service project. Henry chose building a playground at Little Doe Baptist Church. With the support of the church, who purchased the necessary supplies and the pre-fabricated kit, the playground is completed with five slides, four swings, two towers and a climbing wall for the children to enjoy. “They play all over it,” said Potter. According to Potter, the playground can accommodate 16 children and is held down securely with 18-inch anchors.
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