Saranac Troop 35 hails new Eagles during Court of Honor

Assistant Scoutmaster Mike Layn began the Eagle ceremony by giving The Charge of the Eagles to the four scouts.

"Give up anything before you give up your reputation or your honor," he challenged.

The Scouts were then joined by their parents on stage. Each scout was recognized individually and their mothers pinned their Eagle pin on them. Each Scout in turn pinned a small Eagle pin on his mother, and an Eagle tie tack on his father. Finally, each scout presented a mentor pin to someone who they felt had played an especially important roll in their development. Each scout was given a standing ovation by the gym full of proud family and friends.

The new Eagle Scouts were presented with several certificates. The ceremony closed with the Benediction from the Rev. Kramberg and Mr. Rabideau's formal closing.

Before and after the Court of Honor, the four scouts stood behind four tables along the back of the gym where pictures and records of their Eagle projects were displayed.

Jeremy Miner, a 17-year-old from Dannemora, and a senior at Saranac Central School, made significant improvements to the Smith Street baseball field in Dannemora for his project. Jeremy spent 65 hours working on the field, and volunteers donated 161 hours of work.

"I chose this project because the field was in rough shape and I felt that it needed repair and it wasn't fair to the kids to play under such rough conditions," Jeremy explained.

Jeremy and his volunteers brought in soil to level the fields, put in pin-in bases, reboarded and painted the bleachers, and put clay under the first row of bleachers and the players benches to help with drainage. Since completing his project, Jeremy has become an employee at the park, working several days a week to maintain the grounds.

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