In March we celebrated Joe's accomplishment of earning the rank of Eagle in scouting. He has worked hard over the years (especially the last year--nothing like the last minute to motivate you, right?!) learning the skills and passing off the goals in training to achieve this rank.
Eagle Scout may be earned by a Boy Scout who has been a Life Scout for at least six months, has earned a minimum of 21 merit badges, has demonstrated Scout Spirit, and has demonstrated leadership within his troop, team, crew or ship. Additionally he must plan, develop, and lead a service project — the Eagle Project —that demonstrates both leadership and a commitment to duty.
Nine Eagle Scouts have been awarded the Medal of Honor.
At least forty astronauts earned the rank as a youth.
Eagle Scouts who have held public office include 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford, 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 13th and 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Stephen Breyer
The National Eagle Scout Association researched the total volunteer hours of the Eagle service projects ever done and it came a total of more than 100 million hours of service. Each year, new Eagle Scouts add more than three million more hours.
We had a great turn out of family and friends who joined us to celebrate Joe.
President Martin made a long drive to help us celebrate Joe's accomplishment.
Joe's good friend Jeremy drove in from the town he is currently living in while he does his college work.
When asked about the gummy bears...
We had a great surprise that Joe's first scoutmaster, Bro. Jarvis, was in town and able to attend the court.
And I managed to get a sneak-attack photo of Carla before she could hide her face from me!