Chester County Council Gets Creative in Honoring This Year’s Eagle Scouts

The Eagle Scouts in Troop One pose for a picture in front of the troop's cabin.

The pandemic may have prevented the Chester County Council, Scouts BSA from holding its annual Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet, but it also enabled the Council to honor the 160 members of the Class of 2019 in a unique and creative way that they won’t soon forget.

Each Eagle Scout was surprised with a custom sign placed on his lawn over the Fourth of July weekend. Before that, the 160 signs were displayed at the site of the future Oscar Lasko Program, Activity, and Resource Campus (PARC), the Council’s new headquarters that are currently under construction in Exton.

“As it became apparent that an in-person event was not likely, the banquet committee began to explore other methods of recognizing these young men,” said Craig Hadden, Executive Board Member and PARC Oversight Committee Chairman. “Inspired by others, lawn signs were made for each Scout that included their name and troop affiliation.”

The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank a youth member can achieve in Scouting. Eagle Scouts have all of the fundamental outdoor skills and are proficient in camping, hiking, cooking, and first aid. They must earn at least 21 merit badges to symbolize such knowledge and achievement. Eagle Scouts have also held leadership positions and participated in numerous community service projects, one of which he personally planned and directed.

Most importantly, the lessons of discipline, character, and service learned in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout last a lifetime.

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