Three BHS grads attain Eagle Scout

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a goal that three Brady boys accomplished this weekend. Local scouts Joe David McKnight, Ryan Schmidt and Montie King were each honored Sunday at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall with a Court of Honor to recognize them as members of an elite group of young men. All three are recent graduates of Brady High School. McKnight, the son of Joe and Pennie McKnight, plans to attend UTI in Houston and specialize in BMW repair. Schmidt, the son of Bobby and Kerry Schmidt, plans to attend UTSA and major in architecture. King, the son of Kim and Robin King, will be attending St. Edward’s University Austin and will work toward a business degree. According to recent statistics, only one boy in every 172 earns the rank of Eagle, yet over 15 percent of all U.S. astronauts are Eagle Scouts as are 10 percent of the cadets at both West Point and the Air Force Academy. Achieving Eagle Scout has more meaning than it seems. The roots of scouting are firmly entrenched in achieving high ethical and moral standards. Biblical ties are evident such as the verses found in Isaiah 40. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”‘ Isaiah 40:31. Eagle Scout is the most significant honor a boy can earn, in or out of Scouting. Once reached, it marks him for life. An Eagle is an achiever who is a leader and will always be ahead of the group. Society has come to expect more from Eagle Scouts. Eagle Scouts who enlist in the U.S. Air Force start out one rank higher than others who enlist. The trail to Eagle Scout requires tremendous commitment to stay on a long and sometime rugged path. Only 56 percent of Life Scouts complete Eagle. All Eagle requirements except the Board of Review must be finished before a scout’s 18th birthday. Eagle Scouts are valued in society, because they have proven that they can achieve a long-term goal despite many obstacles. The three Eagle Scouts recognized Sunday are members of Troops 402 and 425 within the Concho Valley Boy Scout Council. Led by scoutmasters Orlando Rubio and Bobby Schmidt, the three individuals successfully completed all of the requirements to be named Eagle Scouts. In the Court of Honor ceremony Sunday, each scout was recognized for his achievement. With family members in the audience and with parents by their sides, Carl Cummins, district scouting representative, presented each scout with the distinguished Eagle Scout medal. “This medal symbolizes a great deal of experience,” said Cummins. “The experience they have gained has prepared them to continue in life and those experiences have prepared them to make ethical and good moral decisions.” The three scouts accomplished several notable projects as part of their plan to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. The Eagle Scout service project is different from others because the scout must be the leader. The Eagle project must meet three criteria: It must be of significant value to the community outside of Scouting (town, church, school, etc.). It must take considerably more time than a Star or Life project. The scout must provide leadership to others during the project. Two of the projects helped improve facilities at the First United Methodist Church and the third improved the look and aesthetics of the playground at Brady Lake park. Before the Court of Honor ended, the Eagle Scouts were charged with carrying on the code of ethics and maintaining a higher level of personal goals. “The Eagle charge talks about a code of ethics,” stated King. “If you follow that code, you will be successful so that is what I plan to do.”

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