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Richard receives Eagle Scout pin

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Agnes Richard pins the Eagle medal on her son, Ross Richard Jr., as his father Steve looks on.

Stephen Ross Richard Jr., a senior at Christchurch School and son of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Richard of Richmond, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. He was recognized during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony March 28 in Saint Peter’s Chapel at Christchurch School.

When aging out at 18, Richard was a member of Troop 341, chartered by Christ Church Parish. In the more than 60 years of its history, the troop has only had 21 Eagle Scouts. In order to attain this rank, it requires dedication and determination. Because of the respect this rank holds, the title is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

From the time a boy joins Scouting until he attains the rank of Eagle, he will have passed 6 boards of review; earned 12 required merit badges and a minimum of 9 elective merit badges; served in troop leadership positions for a minimum of 16 months; and spent at least 13 hours on service projects, not including the many hours he spent on his Eagle Scout service project. 

Richard joined the Boy Scouts at age 12. Since being in Scouting, he has served in several positions, the most responsibility being a quartermaster. 

In addition to the required merit badges, training, and service to his community, a Scout has opportunities to experience many adventures.  Many nights of camping prepared Richard to attend summer camp several summers at Camp T. Brady Saunders in Goochland. During these week-long events, he earned many merit badges. He participated in community service projects, including Scouting for Food and book collections. 

One of the requirements to make the rank of Eagle is to organize and carry out an Eagle Project. Richard’s project was building and stocking a beehive for the Bird House Community Gardens in Richmond. An interest in beekeeping sparked interest, which led to his choice in this project.

During the ceremony, Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Rich Graulich welcomed Richard to the brotherhood of Eagle Scouts. “Only five percent of the boys who enter Scouting achieve what you have here tonight,” said Graulich. “The requirements are demanding but fair. Your achievement is recognition of your perseverance and ability. You are a marked man, and your achievement will follow you throughout your life.”

Richard’s mother, Agnes, pinned the Eagle badge on her son’s uniform during the ceremony. He was presented with a congratulatory note from President and Mrs. Barack Obama and a certificate from Governor Robert McDonnell. Richard presented his mother and father with special parent pins. 

After graduation from Christchurch School, Richard plans to attend college and study history or political science.

posted 04.03.2013

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