By June Bonasera, County10.com
(Dubois) – Eagle Scouts Mitchell Baker and Jerid McCabe from Dubois Troop 4056 were honored Saturday May 26th at a Court of Honor ceremony held at the Dubois High School gymnasium. The event was a part of a national recognition ceremony to announce rank advancements earned by Eagle Scouts, with plaques presented to the two new Dubois Eagle Scouts by the Fremont County Marine Corps League.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America .
Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by an average of only 4 out of 100 scouts in the program. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes
an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the
accomplishments of the Scout.
The addition of Baker and McCabe to the Dubois Eagle Scouts ranks brings the total number of Troop 4056 Eagle Scouts to 28, nearly half of the local district’s total of approximately 60 members.
So what is it about Dubois that produces such an impressive number and quality of Eagle Scout? Scout Leader Joe Brandl stated, “There are a couple things, I think, that can attribute to the high number of Eagle Scouts from Dubois this year and throughout past years. One would be that the community of Dubois recognizes,
appreciates and honors our scouts as community leaders,” he said. “When parents see how the scouts are respected by the community it instills a commitment by those parents to encourage their children to stick with a rigorous 6 to 7 year program to attain ‘Eagle” status”.
Brandl explained that the Dubois Scout program also mixes age groups, utilizing the older 17 year old scouts to mentor the younger scouts ( age 11) and feels
the younger children benefit by seeing “ it’s cool to be an Dubois Eagle Scout” which encourages the hard work and commitment. He added that the fact that many of the scouting activities, including canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and wilderness survival training, also help to challenge and keep the scouts committed.
The Dubois Boy Scout Troop is one of the most active in all of Fremont County and perhaps the Central Wyoming Council as well.