Meridian Star

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February 26, 2012

Eagle Scouts flying high

MERIDIAN —     After years of reaching for the pinnacle in Scouting, eight young men from Troop 9 have soared to Eagle status.

    The eight young men, Zachary Corey, L. A. Gidden, Caleb Landrum, Rhett Spivey, Jacob Follin, Andrew Culpepper, Jake Purvis, and William Linder, will be honored during the Scout Sunday Service at Highland Baptist Church, when they receive their badges. Tonight the scouts will again be the guests of honor with a spaghetti dinner. The dinner will also double as the major fundraiser for the troop. It begins at 7 p.m.

    Steve Corey, one of the scout leaders for Troop 9, said these scouts completed their requirements for Eagle Scout in 2011 making this the largest Eagle group since 1990 when nine scouts reached this same goal.

    "Along this trail these young men have scaled mountains, crossed rivers and experienced history," Corey said. "They have worked hard and accomplished a great deal in making it to this point."

    At a minimum, Corey said a scout must earn 21 merit badges, serve in leadership roles within their troop, perform service hours and master a multitude of scout skills along the way.  Statistically, less than four boys out of 100 who join Boy Scouts will achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

    Corey said these scouts have explored the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, attended the 100 year anniversary of scouting at the National Scout jamboree with 50,000 other scouts from across the country. Backpacked 80 miles through the Rocky Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch along with other adventures.         Other Adventures include; rafting the “Mad Mile” rapids on the Gallatin River in Montana, hiking the historic Civil War battlefield of Shiloh National Park, learning the history of our Navy by spending the night on the WWII USS Alabama Battleship, canoeing Black Creek & the Okatoma River, and hiking and biking miles and miles of trails throughout Mississippi and Alabama.

    "They have camped in all kinds of weather conditions including rain and four inches of snow," said Corey. Their experiences have challenged them, made them grow, made them work as a team, taught them to try again and again when they fell short, and taught them that it takes hard work to succeed."

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