Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Ten young men, including nine seniors at Bishop McGuinness High School and one alumnus, all members of Christ the King Catholic Church’s Troop 120, in Oklahoma City, was recognized at a Court of Honor on Sunday, for earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. This rank is only achieved by a rare 4 percent of all Boy Scouts nationwide.
In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a Boy Scout must progress through five ranks prior to that of Eagle, earn at least 21 merit badges, serve six months in a troop leadership position, plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community, and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. Each merit badge introduces the scout to a different series of elements including health, citizenship, leadership and communication. These accomplishments will follow these young men in their daily lives and as they complete their journey through education, career and family.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.
Eight of Sunday’s honorees began their Boy Scouting careers together as Cub Scouts in Pack 120, also at Christ the King, and have stayed together during their journey to the rank of Eagle Scout.
Troop 120 is led by Scout Master Matt Jackson. Matt and his brothers also earned their Eagle Scout ranks as members of Troop 120, which, at that time, was led by their father Rick Jackson. Troop 120 has a long history of developing young boys from Cub Scouts in Pack 120 into young men who are active in and leaders of their schools, churches and their communities.
Following is a short description of each of the honorees and their projects:
• William Archer — William became a scout in 2002. His Eagle project consisted of constructing six fish line recycle containers for the Oklahoma City’s Parks and Recreation Department. These containers provide a receptacle for fishing line and other fishing materials, keeping wildlife area safe from pollution
• Jordan Edwards — Jordan became a scout in 2006. For his Eagle project, he planned and coordinated the construction of two 6-foot long granite and stone benches for Infant Crisis Services. Infant Crisis Services is a nonprofit organization that helps to feed and diaper babies whose families are in need of emergency assistance.
• Patrick Dolan — Patrick became a scout in 2007. Patrick designed and built three benches for Saint Ann Retirement Center as his Eagle Service Project.
• Shelby Garvey — Shelby became a scout in 2006. Shelby’s Eagle project consisted of building a large L-shaped planter for the Urban Mission, a nonprofit organization located on 37th and Portland.
• Phillip Heitert — Phillip became a scout in 2005. For his Eagle Project, Phillip constructed two 4x5.5 feet trophy cases for Christ the King Catholic School.
• Sam McDonald — Sam became a scout in 2002. His Eagle project included planning and constructing two rolling bookshelves for Hearts for Hearing, an organization located in Oklahoma City that provides speech therapy and many other services to anyone affected by hearing loss.
• Sean Mulcahy — Sean became a scout in 2005. His Eagle project was the construction of a 200-foot long path at the Melton Art Reference Library.
• Ian Patterson — Ian became a scout on 2006. His Eagle project consisted of designing, building and installing a Little Free Library in the Paseo Arts District. The weather protected wooden container designed as a “take a book/return a book” gathering place where neighbors can share their favorite books.
• Tim Roy — Tim became a scout in 2009. His Eagle project consisted of building a 3.5-foot high cedar picket fence around a community garden. The fence is located behind the building of Northeast Resource Center on East 23rd Street in Oklahoma City.
• Robert Sweeney — Robert became a scout in 2001. His Eagle project was affiliated with Christ the King Catholic Pre-School, where he supervised the construction of a durable set of 20 cubicles used for storage.