Saranac Troop 35 hails new Eagles during Court of Honor

REDFORDFour young men from Saranac Troop 35 were recognized for their achievements at an Eagle Court of Honor held on Sept. 3.

Jeremy Trevail, Chris Aierle, Travis Sperle and Jeremy Miner were each honored during an afternoon ceremony at the Assumption of Mary Church for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.

Troop committee chairman Dave Dorman served as master of ceremonies, making introductions and calling the troop forward to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and recite the Scout Oath. Jason Rabideau, council executive, formally opened the court of honor and the Rev. Don Kramberg gave the invocation.

Scout David Miller assisted Mr. Dorman in the Scouts ceremony by lighting candles that adorned a table on the stage. A total of 15 candles represented a point in the Scouts law. The first 12 represented 12 character traits all scouts should possess.

"A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent," Mr. Dorman read.

The last three to be lit were larger than the first 12, and set in the middle of them. Each of these represented the Scouts oath to promise to do his duty, "First, to God and his country, second, to other people by helping them at all times, and third, to himself, by keeping himself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight," read Mr. Dorman.

Following the lighting of the candles, a series of Scouts read a brief description of each level of scouting. Scoutmaster Jim Aierle then spoke about each of the Scouts, sharing a humorous memory about each. Since Mr. Aierle has been involved with the boys since their primary years, he had plenty of material to choose from. His stories filled the gymnasium with laughter and was a reminder to all developing honorable character can be a fun journey for youth and leaders alike.

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