(WBNG Binghamton) The Baden-Powell Council, Boy Scouts of America recognized 69 area Boy Scouts who earned their Eagle Scout Rank in the calendar year of 2012 on Sunday at a reception at the Binghamton Club.
According to a news release:
This is a 10% increase in Eagle Scout recipients over the previous year.
The 26 Eagle Scouts attending were paired with an individual sponsor who works in the field of their career interest and who was able to offer insight into their professional choice. The event was chaired by Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
Sheriff Harder, a board member of the Baden-Powell Council, is an Eagle Scout from the class of 1958.
Andrew “Drew” Deskur, Executive Director of the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center, and an Eagle Scout from the class of 1973, gave the keynote address on how Scouting and the rank of Eagle Scout prepare a young man for life’s challenges.
The Eagle Scout Award is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. 2% of all youth who join Scouting earn the rank of Eagle. From 1912 to 2012, over 2 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank. Eagle Scouts represent the highest quality leader the Boy Scouts of America can present for families and communities.
These young men have proven quality character traits and demonstrated leadership skills over a number of years in the program. By the time a young man attains his Eagle Scout award, he has given well over 200 hours of service rank to his community.
These Scouts earned the required 21 merit badges, held leadership positions in their troop and made a significant contribution to their communities with their Eagle service project.
These exceptional young men provided leadership to other young men in their troop, school or place of worship and performed an average of 195 hours of service per project.
In 2012, the 69 Eagle Scouts from the Baden-Powell Council performed over 13,400 hours of community service. At today’s current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, that is an investment of over $97,548 in our local cities and municipalities.
Former Presidents, Astronauts, Military Commanders, Politicians, Film Directors and many more have credited their Scouting career and their earning of the rank of Eagle Scout with providing the skills they needed to be successful in their occupations and for helping them choose their path in life. An Eagle Scout can certainly say that he “walks with giants”.
Here is the list of Eagle Scouts by County: Broome: 30, Tioga: 6, Tompkins: 13, Chenango: 8, Susquehanna: 7, Cortland: 4, Seneca: 1