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By Teresa Bigham-The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY- Becoming an Eagle Scout is no easy task. It takes years of hard work, dedication, and lots of determination. The last of the Eagle Scouts in Lockney graduated Lockney High School Friday night, May 22.
You must start out as a Cub Scout, then a Boy Scout and last an Eagle Scout. Boys Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and grew very rapidly and soon became the largest youth organization in the United States.
Cub Scouts are for youth ages six to 11 years old. The Cub Scouts program aims to prepare youth to grow into self-reliant and dependable adults. Boy Scouts are for youth ages 11-18 years old or youth who have earned the Arrow of Light award.
Clay and Brett Moore, sons of Dr. Sharie Moore and Sam Moore, joined the Cub Scouts as soon as they could and stuck with it. Other boys in the troop were Jerry Franklin and Keanu Villarreal.
This troop worked to earn Merit Badges to become an Eagle Scout, the highest ranking in Boy Scouts of America. A total of 21 merit badges must be earned before for the Eagle Scout rank, including first aid, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communication, cooking, personal fitness, emergency preparedness or lifesaving, environmental science or sustainability, personal management, swimming, hiking or cycling, camping and family life.
Other requirement is you must be active in your troop for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout. You must demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. You must also take part in a leader conference and last you have to successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review application. All requirements must be met no later than three months after your 18th birthday.
Sadly, Franklin and Villarreal aged out before completing the application process. These two young men still learned an enormous amount of life skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
The Moore twins both went on to achieve the Eagle Scout honor.
“Boy Scouts has taught me so many life skills that I will carry throughout my life.” said Clay. “I feel like these skills is what will make me succeed in life.” “I have chosen to make the Navy my career. I feel like everything I learned during my time in the scouts will only help me,” Clay added.
Brett has chosen a totally different path. He will be attending Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi where he will study marine biology. “I can’t wait to use my skills I have learned while in scouts while I achieve my degree,” said Brett.
Franklin has also chosen a career in the Navy while Villarreal will be attending the Raider Aviation Flight School.
While there is no doubt these young men will be successful in the careers they have chosen, they will also remain together in heart. “We all have worked hard together, and we will always share a connection in Scouts,” said Brett.