|Eagle Court of Honor honoree Ethan Smith joins with|
Scouts and leaders in reciting the Scout Oath and Law.
Scouts (left to right) Kyle, Liam and Jack join SPL Will and
ASPL Davis to open the Eagle Scout ceremony.
|Troop 50 Eagle Scout|
Jeffrey Geiger reads from
"One Hundred Scouts"
Of any one hundred boys who become Scouts, it must be confessed that thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this may be regarded as a failure, but later in life, all of these will remember that they had been in Scouting and will speak well of the program.
Of the one hundred, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of the one hundred will be from families that belong to no church. Through Scouting, these twelve and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church and will continue to be active all their lives. Six of the one hundred will become pastors.
Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting, and all will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of their lives. Approximately one-half will serve in the military, and in varying degrees, profit from their Scout training. At least one will use it to save another person's life, and many may credit it for saving their own.
Four of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at least one will later say that he valued his Eagle above his college degree. Many will find their future vocation through merit badge work and Scouting contacts. Seventeen of the one hundred boys will become adult leaders and will give leadership to thousands of additional boys.
One in four boys in America will become Scouts, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.
This story will never end. Like the "Golden Pebble" of service dropped into the human sea, it will continue to radiate in ever-widening circles, influencing the characters of men through unending time.
After joining Mr. Baird in front of the audience, Ethan accepted the "Eagle Charge" from Troop Committee Chair Rob Stanford and recited the "Eagle Scout Promise" administered by Mr. Baird (above photo, top left). His mother, Anita, then presented him with his Eagle Scout medal (above photo, top right); his dad, Jason, presented him with his Eagle Scout neckerchief slide; and Mr. Baird, his Eagle Scout patch, certificate, and recognition card. In return, Ethan presented Eagle Scout parents pins to his mother and father (above photo, middle photos). Assistant Scoutmaster and Troop Advancement Chair JP Pendleton presented to Ethan on behalf of the troop a membership certificate in the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) and a "promotion" to the position of junior assistant scoutmaster in the troop (above photo, bottom right). Finally, to commemorate Ethan's achievement, Ethan's parents presented him with a keepsake rifle bearing his name and the date he passed his Eagle Scout board of review (above photo, bottom left).
|Ethan presents Mr. Baird with one of his Eagle Scout mentor pins,|
with the other going to Ethan's dad and one of the troop's
assistant scoutmasters, Jason Smith
The videotaped ceremony is available below, and additional photos are available in the troop's online photo album.