Boy Scouts describe the ceremony to award the rank of Eagle Scout as a Court of Honor. Our PER Hiram Keli’ipio, as one of his last official duties as ER, had the pleasure of presenting Samuel Parmele & Jared Fujitani and Award of Merit from Grand Lodge and an Honorarium from our Lodge at a Court of Honor on 19 March for Troop 616. This was held at Ke’ehi Lagoon with all of Troop 616 and numerous guests attending.
Needing a minimum of 21 merit badges to qualify, many of these required badges need 3 – 6 months each to earn. Example – Personnel Fitness needs meticulous record keeping and at least 3 months of effort. Other required badges include – First Aid; Citizenship in the Community, Nation and the World; Communications; and Family Life. All 21 badges and a service project need to be completed before one’s 18th birthday.
Jared Fujitani started as a Cub Scout and has spent 12+ years in scouting. His service project involved building a bookcase for the Salvation Army pre-school/day care then filling the shelves with donated toys and books that he collected.
Samuel Parmele started scouting as a Cub Scout in Australia and became a duel scout – Australian & American until joining Troop 616. His service project was at Winner’s Camp (Delorese Gregoire, Elk chaplain was noted as his mentor) as he painted a 26 x 9 foot wall, cut back 100 feet of dense brush to access a water tank and sanded 6 stage pallets.
Attending the Court of Honor were Elks – Delorese Gregoire, chaplain; PER Hiram Keli’ipio; Ron Lockwood, Scouting Chair and ER Andy Watson.
While these are the first Scouts in years, from Troop 616 to receive the Eagle Award we will see another Court of Honor before July 2016. ER Watson and I look forward to representing Elks 616 at this Eagle Award.by