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Boy Scout earns Eagle Scout rank

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Austin Lofton, 16, earned the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony Saturday at First Christian Church, Brazil.
Austin Lofton, a Boy Scout with Troop 101, Brazil, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout Saturday, June 2, at First Christian Church, Brazil.

Lofton, 16, began his scouting journey when he was 7, in the first-grade with Cub Scout Pack 141, Staunton. He worked hard every year, earning his ranks, and in the fifth-grade, he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts. With that in hand, in February 2008, he joined the newly formed Boy Scout Troop 101 with Scoutmaster Jerry Snyder.

With hard work and determination, Lofton quickly worked his way through the ranks of Boy Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life.

By 2010, he was ready to start his final leg of his scouting journey as a youth.

He had to put together a community service project he had to plan, organize, fund and carry out.

His project was to tear down and rebuild an existing picnic shelter on the grounds of First Christian Church.

He also removed and re-poured the concrete floor, built two picnic tables and four benches, cleared the area of brush and added a fellowship fire ring and electricity.

In all, his project cost $4,950, which he was able to fund by monetary, building and tool donations.

It took 48 volunteers and 1,097 hours to complete the task. While doing this, Lofton was able to finish the rest of his requirements so that on March 14, 2012, he became Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America's newest Eagle Scout.

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Congratulations Austin. What an accomplishment!

-- Posted by skooby on Mon, Jun 4, 2012, at 12:01 PM

From one Eagle Scout (1982) to another - an amazing accomplishment!!! Kudos to Austin's parents as well. Nice to see this is still going on. Scouting makes a difference. If you don't think so - just google the stats on post-scouting success these young men have.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Mon, Jun 4, 2012, at 10:12 PM

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