The Boy passed his Eagle Board of Review a couple of weeks ago, and he is now an Eagle Scout! His Eagle Court of Honor will be in March.
The Boy recently completed his last merit badge (Family Life) for his Eagle Rank, and he’s in the process of planning his Eagle project, with hopes to execute it next month.
After that, he intends to continue working toward earning the William T. Hornaday Awards, which are Scouting’s highest conservation awards.
The Boy earned his Star rank in August, topping off a great Scouting summer.
The day after school let out for the summer, he left with a crew from his troop on a self-supported, 6-day canoe trip (just over 50 miles) on the Buffalo National River. They earned the 50-miler for that trip.
The troop attended summer camp at Kia Kima Scout Reservation in northern Arkansas. The Boy took all the natural science-related Merit Badge classes he could, earning Geology, Fish and Wildlife Management, Nature, Forestry, Mammal Study (and most of Reptile and Amphibian Study), and Soil and Water Conservation. He’s planning to finish up Environmental Science this fall, and that will be all the Merit Badges he needs to earn for the Hornaday Award (I think). He has only Eagle-required Merit Badges left to earn for Life and Eagle. In addition to all the science ones, he also earned Robotics, Photography, and Emergency Preparedness this Summer.
In September, he became our troop’s first Outdoor Ethics Guide. He’s already taken the Outdoor Ethics Orientation class and completed a few more requirements for the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award, which most of our troop is also currently working on. He plans to take a Leave No Trace Trainer course as soon as he turns 14.
The Boy has progressed quickly in his new troop. He quickly earned Tenderfoot and was elected Patrol Leader for the new boy patrol in our troop. He went to summer camp for a week in June in the Ozarks, along the beautiful Buffalo National River. Upon returning from camp, he said he didn’t take a shower the last few days, but he “was in the river for an hour or so each day, so that made up for it.” From the way he smelled, I would have to disagree. Perhaps needless to say, he had a blast at summer camp. I thought he might take a little break after summer camp, but he quickly earned Second Class in July, and he earned First Class in August.
He slowed down a bit after that as school started, and since he moved out of the new boy patrol to one of the troops more permanent patrols, he was suddenly without a position of responsibility. It wasn’t until December that he was elected Patrol Leader for his new patrol (the youngest Scout in his patrol, but not the lowest ranked). So, his 4-month tenure for Star rank began in December. He’s earned five of the six merit badges he needs for Star, and the sixth is almost complete. So far, he’s earned (in order): Canoeing, Swimming, Indian Lore, First Aid, and Citizenship in the Nation. He’s almost done with Emergency Preparedness and hopes to finish that over Winter Break.
He’s also started on the Environmental Science merit badge as his first step toward earning a Hornaday Award, which is something he’s been talking about since he first learned about the William T. Hornaday Awards. More on that as he progresses.
Distinguished Eagle Scout Cliff Jacobson has a nice blog post on what he thinks a good survival kit geared toward the North Woods should be. There’s a lot of sound advice in there, and his list is probably appropriate for much of the U.S. that’s not desert or extremely swampy.