Local Scouts receive rank of Eagle Scout at a triple Eagle Court of Honor

April 1, 2014

Jonathan Bolton, Christopher Sherlock, and Craig Howard Pack, members of local Boy Scout Troop 260, will receive the rank of Eagle Scout at a triple Eagle Court of Honor on April 2. The event will be held at 7 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Altus.

Jonathan, Christopher, and Craig have been active in Scouting for more than 10 years. Jonathan is currently a homeschooling junior studying Aviation Mechanics at Southwest Technology Center. Christopher is currently a senior and Craig is currently a junior at Altus High School. Each of these boys has held a variety of leadership positions in Troop 260 including: assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

To earn Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout, Jonathan, Christopher, and Craig had to complete requirements that fulfill the aims of Scouting which are character development, citizenship training, and physical fitness. These skills were learned along the trail to Eagle which passed through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life. Jonathan, Christopher, and Craig also had to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges out of the more than 130 offered. Merit badges earned include: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Camping, Environmental Science, Physical Fitness, and Family Life.

The trail to Eagle ultimately culminates in a leadership service project. Jonathan’s project, completed in California just before his move to Altus, was sorting, organizing, and shelving food donations for the local food bank. Christopher’s project was building a set of horse shoe pits at Hoyt Shadid Park adjacent to the Altus Reservoir. Craig’s project was installing 5 outdoor dog runs at the Altus Animal Control Center. Each of these young men had to create a budget, raise funds, purchase materials and finally organize and lead a team of Scouts, parents and friends to complete their projects. The three projects combined to provide more than 500 hours of service to the community.

Only two out of every 100 boy scouts attain the rank of Eagle or approximately 2.5% of all young men who participate in the BSA scouting program. This represents the more than two million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1911.