An Eagle in the Making

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

Leonard Robitaille has autism. He's also a Boy Scout four merit badges away from becoming an Eagle Scout. Part of the process is a project for the community. Leonard decided on a flag drop-off building for tattered American Flags.

With the help of his troop, Troop 111, and donated lumber, Leonard was able to the build the modest structure in the parking lot of the Wash Bright Car Wash just east of the Lansing Mall.

Originally, Leonard wasn't able to build the project. Rules state you need to reach Eagle Scout before your 18th birthday. Leonard is already 18, but higher ups granted him an exception.

Leonard’s father, Bob, and his advisor, Ed, couldn't be prouder of Leonard. They say the progress he has made since joining the troop six years ago is amazing.

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Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout Requirements

The Eagle Rank is different than other Boy Scout ranks because it is more a measure of the kind of person a boy has become, not merely what activities he has completed.

All six requirements must be completed before the Scout’s 18th birthday.

1. Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.

2. Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. List the names of individuals who know your personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf.

3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (required badges are listed on the application). List the month, day, and year the merit badge was earned.

4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in a position of responsibility.

5. Plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project.

6. Statement of ambitions and life purpose; hold Scoutmasters conference.

The Board of Review

The board of review members decide whether a candidate will receive his Eagle Scout badge. The board should be assured of the candidate's participation in the program. This is the highest award that a Scout may achieve and a thorough discussion of his successes and experiences in Scouting should be considered.

The decision must be unanimous. If the candidate meets the requirements, he is informed that he will receive the board's recommendation for the Eagle Scout rank. If the candidate does not meet the requirements, he is told the reasons for his failure to qualify, and how he can still gain his badge.

Source: http://www.eaglescout.org/ and http://www.scouting.org/ contributed to this report.


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