Sunday, September 22, 2013

Finishing what he started

On Sunday, Sept. 22, Troop 50 conducted its first Eagle Scout Ceremony honoring its first Eagle Scout, Jeffery Geiger. Family, friends, Scouts and leaders joined the Geiger family in celebrating Jeffery's accomplishments.

Jeffery pictured with parents Amanda and Keith, and sister Sydney, with photos
and mementos from Jeffery's Scouting activities.
Senior Patrol Leader Andrew opened the ceremony by offering some background of the meaning of the colors used in the American flag, then the traditional recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, Scout Law, and prayer. An honor guard comprised of Assistant Scoutmaster Davis Baird and Scouts Jake, Vincent and Ethan -- several of whom trace back to Jeffery's days as a Cub Scout, -- first escorted Jeffery, then his parents, to the place of honor. Jeffery's father and Assistant Scoutmaster Keith Geiger administered the Eagle Promise, and was joined by the troop's Scouts and leaders who had previously attained the Eagle Scout rank. Jeffery's mother, Amanda, presented Jeffery with his Eagle Scout medal, and his father presented Jeffery with an Eagle Scout neckerchief slide. Jeffery in turn presented his mother and father with Eagle Scout parent pins.

Jeffery's mother Amanda pins the Eagle Scout medal to Jeffery's shirt
while father and Assistant Scoutmaster Keith watches.
Michael Tullier, the troop's chartered organization representative, presented Jeffery with a membership in the National Eagle Scout Association, which was sponsored by the troop. Troop Committee Chair Rob Stanford presented him with a position patch for his new position as a junior assistant scoutmaster in the troop. Jeffery then expressed his appreciation to his parents and friends, and presented Eagle Scout mentor pins to Scoutmaster Andrew Baird and Assistant Scoutmaster Jason Smith. He credited each with being a constant source of support throughout Scouting, and thanked Mr. Smith for always reminding him to "finish what you started."

Scoutmaster Andrew Baird (left) and Assistant Scoutmaster Jason Smith (right)
received appreciation and Eagle Scout mentor pins from Jeffery.
Chaplain's Aide Davis closed the ceremony with a prayer, and those in attendance adjourned for cake and fellowship.

View all the photos from Jeffery's Eagle Court of Honor on our online photo album

From the time the Eagle Scout rank was first presented in 1912 through its centennial year in 2012, more than two million Boy Scouts have earned the rank. Last year, 57,976 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank — more than in any previous year and around 7 percent of all Boy Scouts who were members in 2012. In 2012, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17 years of age.