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Four Kingsport friends stick together from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scouts

Submitted by David Hrivnak • Dec 9, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Boy Scout Troop 51 celebrated four new Eagle Scouts in a joint ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The four honorees - Duncan Harker, Yonathan Janka, Cole Ridings and Evan Thomas - started Scouting together as Tiger Cubs in Pack 49 in 2009, crossed over to Troop 51 in the fall of 2013, and completed their Eagle projects this past summer.

Now, all sophomores at Dobyns-Bennet High School, they celebrate together - as Eagle Scouts.

* Duncan Harker earned 38 merit badges, 17 more than required for Eagle rank. Duncan has been Senior Patrol Leader, an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Chaplain Aide, Scribe two times, Webmaster and Librarian. He has camped 45 nights and hiked 30 miles with the troop. For his Eagle Scout project, Duncan created new garden beds at Crown Cypress Assisted Living of Kingsport.

* Yonathan Janka earned 42 merit badges, 21 more than required for Eagle rank. Yonathan has been an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader twice, Chaplain Aide, Historian twice, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Webmaster and Den Chief. Yonathan has camped 52 nights and hiked 60 miles with the troop. For his Eagle Scout project, Yonathan did a front porch restoration and rebuilt three benches at Crown Cypress Assisted Living of Kingsport.

* Cole Ridings earned 37 merit badges, 16 more than required for Eagle rank. Cole has been Chaplain Aide, Historian, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader twice, Webmaster and Scribe. He has camped 34 nights and hiked 45 miles. For his Eagle Scout project, Cole built new shade canopies for the playground at First Broad Street United Methodist Church Child Center.

* Evan Thomas earned 37 merit badges, 16 more than required for Eagle rank. Evan has been an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe, Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader twice. He has camped 43 nights and hiked 145 miles with the troop. For his Eagle Scout project, Evan did new day school signs for his church at Mountain View United Methodist of Kingsport.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank for youth in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. They must advance through the ranks - Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle - meeting specific requirements ranging from tenure in a unit and leadership positions to the earning of merit badges. Of the 136 merit badges offered in the Boy Scouts of America program, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout. Of those, 13 badges are required including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking or Swimming, and Environmental Science or Sustainability. Then, there is the Eagle Scout service project - planned, developed and completed as a Life Scout to benefit a religious institution, school or community.

To learn about Scouting in our area, visit http://scbsa.org/.

 

 

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