Gratts receives Eagle Scout honor
Daren Gratts, 18, son of Dexter and Donna Gratts, Baldwin City, received the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on May 24, at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin.
Gratts has been a member of Baldwin's Boy Scout Troop 65, chartered by the Baldwin Rotary Club, for eight years. He began his Scouting career in 1994, as a Cub Scout in Baldwin Cub Scout Pack 3065. He rose from the rank of Bobcat to Webelo, and received his Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting-s highest award, in 1998. He entered Troop 65 immediately after receiving the Arrow of Light.
As a member of Troop 65, Gratts's leadership positions have included troop scribe, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, patrol quartermaster and troop quartermaster. He earned 29 merit badges while working toward his Eagle rank. He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow honor camping society. He also holds the God and me Religious Emblem Award. His Eagle project was the placement of 15 bluebird houses in the vicinity of Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.
During his time in Troop 65, Gratts attended Camp Naish, the camp for the Heart of America Council near Bonner Springs, several times. He went on numerous troop camp outs, including Trappers' Rendezvous near Halstead; the Pelathe District's Camp Bromelsick at Lake Clinton, west of Lawrence; Thunderbird Merit Badge Workshop; district camporees; and two high adventure camp outs -- canoeing down the Kansas River, and a hike through the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma.
Gratts is a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High School and a member of Coal Creek Gospel Hall in Baldwin. He has joined Troop 65 as an assistant scoutmaster.