NEWBERRY — Jimmy Berry, Drew Bunce, Dustin Corley and Euston Farr are four of the newest members of Troop 61 to reach the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement in Boy Scouting.
“Only a select few reach the rank of Eagle Scout, the wearer of the Eagle Scout award is the epitome of scouting’s best efforts and beliefs. Today, we have the pleasure of seeing four young men join the elite company of Eagle Scouts,” said Scoutmaster Billy Lindler.
Bunce, who first joined Cub Scouts in the first grade never imagined he would make it this far in scouting.
“Over the past few years I feel like I have really grown up physically and mentally and this has led me to where I am now,” he said.
In order to earn the Eagle Scout badge, one of the requirements was to fulfill an Eagle Project. For Bunce, he chose to paint the dugouts behind Boundary Street Elementary.
“This is years in the making, you have to get 21 merit badges to reach Eagle Scout and through Cub Scouts and Eagle Scouts we have gained experience, we’ve learned things and it’s shaped us into who we are today,” he said.
Bunce’s father, Brad Bunce, is excited to see not only his son achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, but all four of the boys achieve the accomplishment together.
“From the leader’s perspective, it’s really just exciting to see these boys reach their goals, each of them set the goal that they wanted to make Eagle and we couldn’t be more proud of them,” Bunce said.
For Berry, achieving the Eagle rank is something he has been working on since joining the Cub Scouts. For his project he worked on making renovations at the gazebo at the Little Mountain Reunion Park.
Berry said he would love to see more of his fellow scouts reach the Eagle rank.
“I’d love to encourage more scouts to reach Eagle, that’s my main goal, to be able to give back and encourage other people to get where I am and for them to feel this excitement that I have right now,” he said.
Berry’s parents, Heather and Michael Berry, are proud to see their son reach this accomplishment, an accomplishment Heather Berry said is 10 years in the making.
“It’s been a lot of miles, time and money, but it’s all been worth it just to see these boys achieve this goal,” she said.
Now that the work to reach the Eagle rank is done, Farr is glad to have reached this milestone in scouting, he said during his time as a scout the leadership sticks out in his mind along with earning some of his favorite badges. For Farr’s project he worked on the stage at the Little Mountain Reunion Park.
“The great leadership sticks out a lot, I really liked earning the fishing badge, I just love fishing. It’s just great to be with a bunch of friends, we started out together and now we’re ending together,” Farr said.
Farr’s mother, Charlene Boozer, was bursting with pride after seeing her son reach Eagle Scout.
“It’s unreal because I honestly didn’t see him going all the way through, but I’m so proud of him. I didn’t realize this was so much work, but that’s what makes us so proud of them is that they do so much,” Boozer said.
Corley said reaching the Eagle rank felt good especially looking back on his days as a Tiger Scout. For his project he helped clean up a Catholic retreat.
“It feels pretty good knowing that I could make it all the way from Tiger Scout to Eagle Scout,” he said. “I feel really happy we all got through it, I feel like others should strive to reach Eagle too.”
Corley’s mother, Betty Corley, said despite ups and downs all of the hard work has paid off for all four of the boys.
“It’s been a journey, lots of ups and downs, hard work, dedication and it’s all paid off, the most proud moment you ever want to see. It’s been a blessing because they have all been friends since kindergarten and they are a group of fine, well behaved gentleman,” Corley said.
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