“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” (The Boy Scout Law) Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been one of the largest youth organizations in the country. Promoting leadership and helping others, the BSA opens its doors to boys ages 10-18. Throughout a boy’s years as a Scout, he has the opportunity to earn many honors and awards. Pace sophomores and twin brothers Carter and Jack Ferguson of Troop 467 are on their way to achieving the highest honor for a Boy Scout, becoming an Eagle Scout.
To receive the Eagle Scout title, a boy must represent all values of an ideal citizen and member of society, and complete one supervised project. Searching for ways to help, Carter and Jack went to the Chastain Horse Park for their project. There was a deteriorating storage shed that called for immediate attention. Carter mounted the roof and mended the shed. “I firmly believe you should help someone every day,” he said. “It’s not all about you, so do something for someone else. Be selfless.”
Also stepping up to serve the horse park, Jack constructed a rest area complete with a new frame and roof. He attached the paneling for the roof and anchored the posts into the ground. The twins’ father and supervisor, Jason Ferguson, guided the boys through their projects. “I look to my dad so much,” said Carter. “I wouldn’t be a Boy Scout if not for him.” Their father’s motivation and support was instrumental in the twins’ success as Scouts. “My dad actually quit as a Cub Scout,” said Jack. “It’s one of his biggest regrets in life.”
Over 50,000 Boy Scouts this year have taken the leap to becoming an Eagle Scout. With Eagle Scout being the highest honor a Scout can earn, it is no surprise that celebrities and esteemed politicians sought this status as teenagers. From astronaut Neil Armstrong to President Gerald Ford, the BSA produces some of the most notable citizens in our society. Following the trail that the first Eagle Scout, Alfred Eldred, blazed, these young men often become leaders and role models.
The Eagle Scout ceremony includes lighting several candles representing the years of dedication the boys put in as Scouts. A mentor of the boys’ choice endows them with their long-anticipated achievement. “I think I’ll choose my dad to present my award,” said Jack. “He’s really been there with me through it all. It would hopefully mean the world to him.” The brothers have been working toward this highest honor for five years. “I want to represent what a good citizen should be, and always be ready to do my part in society.” said Carter.