Four Scouts promoted to Eagle rank

Tucker Clarke, l-r, Ty Whitman, scoutmaster Paul Whitman, Evan Reese and Keenan Sterba hold up the scout sign. The four scouts joined the elite scouting ranks by earning the rank of Eagle. 

Four Boy Scouts of Troop 79 have now joined the ranks of scouting’s elite. On Sunday, June 2, friends, family, and community members met at The Gathering Place to watch four of Lakeview’s young men receive their Eagle Scout awards at a court of honor. Those receiving their Eagle were Tucker Clarke, Ty Whitman, Evan Reese, and Keenan Sterba. All are members of Troop 79, which is sponsored by the Lakeview Lions Club. Evan and Keenan are also members of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. Paul Whitman, Troop 79 Scoutmaster, presided over the ceremony. Three of these Scouts recently graduated from Lakeview High School. Ty and Keenan will be attending community colleges in the fall. Evan will be entering the U.S. Navy. And Tucker will be a senior at Lakeview High School. Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Scout can achieve, and only six to seven percent of all Scouts make it to Eagle. In addition to earning at least 21 merit badges, serving in various troop leadership positions, and completing many other Scouting tasks, each of the four Scouts planned and led a service project to benefit their community. These included remodeling the waiting area at Lake County Public Health, building and installing a new entrance sign at Warner Canyon Recreation Area, construction of a generator shed at Camp Cottonwood, a local organization camp, and a plant beautification project at the Lake County Library. The Eagle Court of Honor included an opening flag ceremony by members of Troop 79. Guest speaker Todd Forbes, former Troop 79 Scoutmaster, spoke about his own experiences with the four Eagle Scouts. Several audience members shared words of wisdom and some of their memories of the four Scouts. Each of the new Eagle Scouts then gave words of thanks and some thoughts about Scouting’s impact on their lives. The event concluded with a closing flag ceremony and prayer, followed by refreshments provided by the Scouts’ parents. For information about Scouting in Lakeview, please contact Evan Reese at 541-947-5475.

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