Scout’s Honor

Jan 28, 2015 | Impact, Upper School News

An Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges, demonstrating service leadership and Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law. This includes an extensive service project – the Eagle Project – that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages, exhibiting leadership and a commitment to duty. He must also take part in a Scoutmaster conference. Once all requirements have been met, he must complete an Eagle Scout board of review. Finally, the Eagle Scout is celebrated and honored with a medal and a badge to publicly recognize his accomplishments.
Of the 21 merit badges, 13 are required; these include:

  • Camping
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Cooking
  • Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
  • Environmental Science or Sustainability
  • Family Life
  • First Aid
  • Personal Fitness
  • Personal Management
  • Swimming or Hiking or Cycling

At MVPS, 17% of the Upper School students have earned the highest honor in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, in one year. Nine boys earned their Eagle Scout award and two girls were honored with Gold Scout Gold.

Matthew Cooper
Matthew Cooper
Troop 434, All Saint’s Catholic Church
Eagle Project: Built a covered storage area for PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill animal shelter in Decatur.
 Innes Forbes
Innes Forbes
Troop 370, St James United Methodist Church
Eagle Project: Built the Organic Playscape on the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Lower/Preschool Playground.
Charlie Goldman Family
Charlie Goldman
Troop 266, Dunwoody Methodist Church
Eagle Project: Built an extension to the Mount Vernon Cross Country Trail.
Grove Family
Chandler Grove
Troop 434, All Saints Catholic Church
Eagle Project: Built an arbor on the church grounds.
 Ian Hughes Family
Ian Hughes
Troop 463, Sandy Springs Methodist Church
Eagle Project: Built an outdoor classroom on the Glenn Campus at MVPS.
Daniel Marcuse- Gonsalez Family
Daniel Marcuse-Gonzalez
Troop 623, St Jude the Apostle Catholic Church
Eagle Project: Built a “Little Free Library” on the campus at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School.
 Jon Walsh Family
Jon Walsh
Troop 370, St James United Methodist Church
Eagle Project: Conducted a trail clean-up of Ridgeview Park in Sandy Springs.
Hunter Whitney
Hunter Whitney
Troop 463, Sandy Springs United Methodist Church
Eagle Project: Built a bridge for new mountain bike course at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area at Columns Drive.
Oliver Yowell
Oliver Yowell
Troop 431, Roswell United Methodist Church
Eagle Project: Designed and constructed seating for fifty people, along with five tables designated for use with the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s wildlife demonstrations and the arts & crafts program affiliated with the King Fisher Camp. Oliver was also honored with an Eagle Honor Medal with Crossed Palms for Heroism for saving a life with extreme risk to self.

Hannah Zenas and Kate Weathers have achieved the highest Girls Scout honor – Girl Scout Gold.