Archive for Thursday, January 31, 2008

Scruggs to be awarded Eagle Scout rank on Saturday

January 31, 2008

Cameron Scruggs, 18, the son of John and Lena Scruggs, will be awarded the Eagle Scout rank, Scouting's highest rank, during an Eagle Court of Honor at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Baldwin.

Scruggs began his Scouting career in 1997, as a Tiger Cub in Cub Scout Pack 3057 in Lawrence. He rose to the rank of Webelo, and received the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting's highest award, in 2000. He has been a member of Troop 65 for seven years.

While in the troop, his leadership positions have included instructor, senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and scribe. He has held some positions twice.

His training has included Brownsea and Junior Leadership Training. He was also trained in CPR and Safe Swim Defense. He earned his Fireman's Chit and Totin' Chip.

During his rise to Eagle, Scruggs amassed 32 merit badges. His special awards include the 12-Month Camping Award, 26-Mile Cycled, Advanced Rifle Shooting, World Conservation and others. He has earned numerous camping beads. Scruggs has also participated in many activities, including Scouting for Food, Scout Sunday and Polar Bear Swims.

In 2003, he became an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow, an honors camping program. He became a Brotherhood member in 2006.

During his time as a Scout, Scruggs camped 100 nights, hiked 81 miles, and donated more than 56 service hours.

Scruggs attended Camp Naish, a Scout summer camp near Bonner Springs, and numerous other campouts including Pelathe District Camporees, Klondike Derbies, the Great Lakes Camporee in Canada, Quivira Scout Ranch, a high adventure canoe trip to the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

For his Eagle project, Scruggs built a 560-foot fence at Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin, which took six months.

In addition to Scouting, Scruggs has lettered in wrestling and debate. He played football for five years. He is a member of the Baldwin High School Band and is vice-president of FCCLA. He was a member of the Baldwin High School Culinary Team, which won in management at the State Championship in Wichita in 2007. He attended Boy's State in June 2007 and is on the honor roll.

He and his family are members of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Overland Park, where he served as an acolyte for four years.

Scruggs will graduate from Baldwin High School in May 2008. He plans to attend college and become a teacher. Currently he is registered as an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 65.

Troop 65 was founded in 1911, and refounded in 1930. It is within the Pelathe District, part of the Heart of America Council. The troop is chartered to the Baldwin Rotary Club.

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