Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Boy Scout Troop 94 will convene an Eagle Court of Honor at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe Presbyterian Church in Edmond. Philip E. Mendez will be recognized with the rank of Eagle Scout.
Philip, the son of Charles and Sandra Mendez, earned the honor in December.
The Deer Creek High School senior began his Scouting career as a Bobcat with Pack 171 at Deer Creek Elementary in August 2003. As a Wolf he moved to Pack 348 at Prairie Vale Elementary before progressing to Webelo and receiving the Arrow of Light award in March 2007. In 2008, Philip joined Troop 94 where he has served as Troop Guide; Wolverines Assistant Patrol Leader; Wolverines Patrol Leader three times; and Senior Patrol Leader. In March, 2011, Philip was inducted into the Order of The Arrow.
Among his fondest Scouting memories with Troop 94 are the Ironman competitions at Camp Alexander in Colorado and meeting and making friends with scouts from all across America.
Sports have played a central role in Philip’s development into a young man. He has played on the Edmond Lacrosse Club team, lettered in football with the Deer Creek High School Antlers, wrestled on the Antlers wrestling team and threw the shot put on the Antlers track team.
As his service project for advancement to Eagle Scout rank, Philip chose to improve the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4938 (Edmond) meeting hall. He led his team installing roofing panels for the VFW building awning and coating the fence with weather-proofing. Beyond the functional and image enhancements provided through these services, Philip’s acknowledgment of the veterans’ service reflects his recognition of and appreciation for the sacrifices American veterans have made to preserve our nation and freedom.
Philip has chosen to continue his path of service by planning to serve his country in the armed forces after his graduation.
On Dec. 20, Philip took the oath of enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently a Delayed Entry Program “Poolee” awaiting orders to Boot Camp aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego following graduation in May.