BSA Troop 60 (Natchitoches) held a very important Court of Honor Ceremony on Dec. 13, celebrating the many accomplishments of Troop 60 Scouts since June, including John Parker Burrell’s advancement to Eagle Scout. Scouts received recognition for earning 27 merit badges and five rank advancements in the past six months, including John Martinez, Gabe Matuschka, Caleb Martinez, Sawyer Anderson, Koda DeBlieux, Noah Martinez, Jacob Miller, and Stephen Wheat.
Earning the Eagle rank is a significant accomplishment: only 4% of Scouting’s youth attain the highest rank, and John Parker Burrell has joined their small, worthy numbers in his achievement. Troop 60 Scouts helped recognize his accomplishment by performing the Scout Law Candle Ceremony, lighting 12 candles that each represent a character value from the Scout Law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent, to remind the audience and themselves what it means to be a Scout.
Scoutmaster Sarah McFarland and former Scoutmaster Kevin Shannahan gave speeches about John, demonstrating ways in which he has risen to the great responsibilities of the honor of Eagle rank with dedication, leadership, and integrity. John was then presented with his Eagle award and gave his own speech, thanking those who helped him on his Trail to Eagle, including his parents, his mentors, his family, his religious leaders, and his friends and Troop members.
It was a very special Court of Honor, and everyone in attendance were filled with renewed Scout Spirit for seeing what can be accomplished in Scouting. A lovely reception followed.
Troop 60 will take a break for the holidays, returning to regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Wesley Center from 7-8 pm. All interested youth ages 11-17 are welcome! More information about Troop 60 can be found at their website, BSATroop60.wordpress.com.
Photo credits: Kevin Shannahan.
Submitted by Sarah McFarland, Scoutmaster