By Stephanie Butzer
Thanks to five boys in Boy Scout Troop 4051, Alamance County has a new picnic area, gazebo, pergola, faux bridge and educational toys for blind children.
Collin Scott, Jacob Bare, Brian Gold, Owen Gold and Joshua Parrish recently received their Eagle Scout badges and, in an unusual ceremony, all were awarded the rank at the same ceremony.
It took a long time for each to reach this achievement. Only 7 percent of boys who participate in Scouting earn the rank.
Scott said he remembers when he was younger and how much fun he had when he was a Cub Scout. That enthusiasm continued, and as he and the other boys rose in the ranks, they became more confident in their leadership.
“It helps you to achieve the rank of becoming an Eagle: all the different steps, the different people you meet and the new friends that you make,” Scott said.
Bare also recalls the first few times he spent time with the troop.
“Me and (Scott) were interested in Troop 4051 before we even joined because we went rock-climbing with these guys as Cub Scouts,” Bare said. “Of the nine that joined with us, we were the first two (to join the troop).”
The process to become an Eagle Scout was long and the boys said there was a lot of paperwork and interviews involved. Scouts must climb through the lower ranks, earn a set number of merit badges and plan and complete a service project.
Scott and Bare described the process as stressful, but well worth the time. There was also the waiting period to see if they had been accepted to continue the project from the Council Service Center and the Board of Review.
“My dad talked to his friends and said, ‘Right now Jacob is anxiously biting his fingernails just waiting to hear the answer,’” Bare said.
Once their individual applications were accepted, they began work on the projects. Parrish, who built a faux bridge in the Shallow Ford National Area, said one of the hardest parts was gathering people to work on the bridge.
“The most challenging part was probably getting everybody to help because it was in the middle of winter and people were busy,” he said.
With the labor of the project behind them, the boys have not forgotten how the impact will help them succeed in the future. Brian Gold said this achievement would be a big boost for his resume for college or for opportunities after his college graduation. The biggest reward for Owen Gold was the public recognition and being able to call himself an Eagle Scout, he said.
“It’s the one time you get to be cocky about yourself – when you get your Eagle,” Bare said.
Scott, 16, is a student at Western Alamance High School. He is the son Alan and Shannon Scott.
Bare, 16, is also a student at Western. He is the son of Samantha and Smokey Bare
Brian Gold, 17, and Owen Gold, 15, are both home-schooled. They are the sons of Tanya and Millard Gold.
Parrish, 15, also attends Western. He is the son Ron and Julie Parrish.