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Local Scout celebrates making Eagle

Eagle Scout Erik Hennigar
Erik Hennigar, 18, recently held his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Christchurch School waterfront. Attending were fellow Scouts, teachers, and family friends.

This Court of Honor ceremony is very different from the ceremonies that Scouts regularly have. The whole ceremony is dedicated to the Scout making Eagle, instead of toward everyone in the troop. Eagle Scout is the most prestigious award Scouting has to offer. Only two percent of all boys involved in Scouting ever attain the high rank of Eagle. 

Dr. Simon Mainwaring, a chaplain, counselor and teacher at Christchurch, began the ceremony with an invocation. Alice Nelson, Scoutmaster of Troop 341, was the mistress of ceremonies.
John Ridley, chartering organization representative, officially bestowed upon Hennigar the rank of Eagle. 

Life Scout Victor Knez read letters from Governor Timothy Kaine and Senator and astronaut John Glenn congratulating Hennigar on his achievement. 

Terrell Boyd, a former Eagle of Troop 341, flew in from Boulder, Colorado, to welcome Hennigar into the prestigious brotherhood of Eagle Scouts.

Tim Gaylord, the Rivers District chairman who also represented the national board, presented Hennigar with his award.

In order to become an Eagle, a young man must earn a total of 21 merit badges. Eleven of these are required, the other 10 are electives. An Eagle Scout also must serve in positions of leadership for six months at each rank, from Star to Life and then finally Eagle. A young man also must plan and execute a lasting service project to benefit the community that totals more than 100 hours of labor. The Scout must then send in his paperwork for the project to the national level to get it approved for advancement. 

An Eagle Scout also must live the Scout Oath and Law in his everyday life.

Once all of these requirements are met, the young man is eligible to become an Eagle Scout. All of this must be accomplished before the Scout turns 18 years of age.

Hennigar is the son of Roy and Gracejean Hennigar of Wake. Roy is a painting contractor; Gracejean is a teacher at Christchurch. 

Erik Hennigar started his journey to Eagle as a Tiger Scout in Pack 341. He kept at it all the way until he made his Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting. He then entered Troop 341 and continued all the way to Eagle.

From Tiger Scout to Eagle Scout, there are more than 14,000 requirements a boy must complete over the 12 years. Hennigar made Eagle Scout in the spring of 2009, and shortly afterwards turned 18.

For his project, Hennigar blazed a trail on the Dragon Run.  He cleared a path through all the trees and brush and then painted markers on the trees.

Hennigar graduated with honors from Christchurch School in 2009, and is presently a freshman at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg. 

Troop 341 is chartered by Christchurch Parish.

posted 10.07.2009

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