Vest earns rank of Eagle Scout
|Above, Eric Vest receives the Eagle Scout uniform insignia from Troop Scoutmaster Larry Banks.|
Eric Vest was recognized as an Eagle Scout on February 10 and became the 108th Eagle in Troop 19, which was first sponsored in 1958 by Huntersville Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, N.C.
Vest has many ties to Middlesex County. He is the grandson of Bob and Barbara Vest, grand nephew of Ted and Connie Vest, and nephew of Brian and Will Vest.
Vest’s parents, Sandy and Kenn Vest (Bob and Barbara’s son), were present at the Eagle Scout ceremony.
Vest is a Brother in Scouting’s Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. He has hiked over 110 miles in Philmont Ranch, attended the 2010 BSA Centennial National Jamboree in Fort Hill, and completed 50-mile backpacking and biking trips. In addition to completing the newly-increased requirements for the Eagle Award, his service project was to add new trails and obstacles to a mountain bike park.
Less than 5% of all boys in Scouting attain the rank of Eagle including notables Mike Rowe from Discovery Channel’s show “Dirty Jobs” and Olympic bobsledding gold medal winner Steve Holcomb.
Vest also competes nationally in mountain biking, racing downhill, slalom, and enduro events.