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2017 Eagle Scout Reception

The Black Hills Area National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Committee will be hosting an Eagle Scout Recognition Reception, held in honor of the 2016 class of Eagle Scouts. This reception will occur following the Black Hills Area Council’s Merit Badge Midway on March 4, 2017, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Surbeck Ballroom on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Campus. Check-in will begin at 5:30 PM in the hallway outside of the ballroom. Refreshments and Hors D’Oeuvres will be complimentarily provided for 2016 Eagle Scouts, and just $10 per person for any guests you wish to bring. Guests may include family members, mentors, Scoutmasters, significant others, or any other individual interested in attending this event.

We hope you join us as we recognize our Eagle Scout class of 2016!

Eagle Scout Class of 2016

Matthew A.Troop 17
Cameron B.Troop 44
Jonathan B.Troop 1187
Ryan E.Troop 7
Kyle E.Troop 44
Nikolaus F.Troop 99
Matthew H.Troop 15
Colin J.Troop 131
Justin K.Troop 72
Nicolas K.Troop 131
Mitchell K.Troop 109
Augustus K.Troop 15
Dominic M.Troop 252
Dalton M.Troop 252
Curt M.Troop 88
Spencer M.Troop 302
Austin N.Troop 7
Steven P.Troop 109
Jonathan P.Troop 74
Nathan R.Troop 320
Michael R.Troop 19
Kendal S.Troop 252
Joseph S.Troop 85
Braden T.Troop 85
Isaac T.Troop 320
John T.Troop 72
Loyal T.Troop 1187
Nathan T.Troop 85
Cade V.Troop 7

About the Eagle Scout Rank

The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance.

The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. This represents more than 2.25 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912.

Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—the mission of the BSA, citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.

Progression

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.

Merit Badges

Merit badges signify the mastery of certain Scoutcraft skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 136 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout.

Of this group, 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 and Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, and Environmental Science and Sustainability.

Service

While a Life Scout, a Scout plans, develops and gives leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or the community.  In addition to providing service and fulfilling the part of the Scout Oath, “to help other people at all times,” one of the primary purposes of the Eagle Scout service project is to demonstrate or hone or to learn and develop, leadership skills. Related to this are important lessons in project management and taking responsibility for a significant accomplishment.