Two Hermits Achieve Eagle Scout
Prep senior Michael Welch and Class of 2011 graduate James Edwards were officially awarded the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program, that of Eagle Scout. The court of honor took place on November 12 at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Vineland.
Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts become an Eagle Scout. Since 1911, the organization has awarded about 2 million Eagle Scout honors. Eagle Scouts must earn at least 21 merit badges while demonstrating the scout spirit through the Boy Scout’s Oath and Law, service, and leadership. Each scout also must complete a service project on his journey to Eagle Scout.
James learned improvements were needed at the YMCA’s Camp Merrywood in Pittsgrove, so he built a new lifeguard stand and repaired the dock there. Michael, who has been scouting for a decade, restored a 1904 railroad boxcar that Bayshore Discovery Project in Bivalve converted into a museum to educate the public about South Jersey’s oyster industry.
Both young men are members of Boy Scout Troup 43. Congratulations!
Photo caption: Michael Welch and James Edwards