Three local young men recently achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
Cabot Bisbee, of Troop 10 in Penn Run; Isaac Grove, of Troop 123 in New Florence; and Ryan Smith, of Troop 10 in Penn Run; have successfully completed the requirement and have risen to the rank of Eagle Scout. The three young men have developed a unique shared past through the Scouting program.
They started together in elementary school in Pack 9 and all achieved the Arrow of Light rank, the most distinguished award in Cub Scouts, and have remained active in Boy Scouts.
The Eagle rank requires the Scout to progress through a series of ranks and achievements beginning at approximately the fifth grade and which must be culminated by his 18th birthday. The requirements and activities to achieve each rank introduce, develop and then build upon many of the physical, character and leadership skills that the BSA has determined to be of high qualitative value and a benefit the community, according to Scout officials.
The Eagle Scout candidate must complete required merit badges and many additional merit badges of choice. Additionally, the Scout must be an active member of his troop and must demonstrate that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. The Scout must also serve actively in a position of responsibility and leadership.
The Eagle Scout project affords the individual candidate an opportunity to plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or the community. The hundreds of projects in the Indiana area that have been developed, scrutinized and reviewed by Dr. John Uccellini, supported by the many Scoutmasters and committees, and sponsored by the community, are as varied as the young men are themselves. Benches, trails, pavilions, ramps to assist the handicapped, shelving for community groups, signing, bridge work and landscaping are just a few of the examples of projects.
When the Scout completes these requirements, he is ready to present himself to the Eagle Board of Review Committee with references and his reflection about his path to leadership and plans for the future.
His activities include Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, Robotics Club, senior chorus, concert band, jazz band, county quiz bowl, cross country and track and field. He was salutatorian of the United High School Class of 2013.
He plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy to major in naval architecture and to graduate as a commissioned officer in the Navy.
He built a handicap-accessible fishing pier and three fixed benches and repaired existing facilities at Dragonfly Pond as his Eagle project. Dragonfly Pond is part of Yellow Creek State Park and is reserved for use by children and the disabled. He was awarded the Eagle Rank in 2013.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, marching and concert bands and track and field (shot put, discus, 4x100 meter relay). He participated in Envirothon (won 6 consecutive years at county level; seventh out of 65 teams at states last year and this year), was county quiz bowl MVP, and Heritage Science Competition, where he was awarded first place.
He was valedictorian of the United 2013 class.
His plans included riding his bicycle across America for Heart Health, which started June 9, coast to coast, then to attend the University of Pittsburgh for nursing, followed by a master’s program in nurse anesthesia.
For his Eagle project he built 10 picnic tables for Yellow Creek State Park because, due to budget cuts, the park was unable to keep up with the wear of existing tables. He was awarded his Eagle Rank in 2013.
His activities include marching and concert band, golf, basketball and baseball. He was a senior class officer, serving as sergeant-at-arms.
He plans to attend Penn State Altoona majoring in rail transportation engineering.
For his Eagle Project, he removed and replaced a walking bridge on the Laurel Run Trail at Yellow Creek State Park. He was awarded the Eagle Rank in 2010.