Three members of Troop 22, Boy Scouts of America, were recognized as Eagle Scouts during a Court of Honor Friday night at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum.
They are Keith Givan, son of Doak and Cynthia Givan; Billy McNeese, son of Bill and Deneisa McNeese; and Scott Taylor, son of Keith and Vivian Taylor.
Troop 22 Scoutmaster Tully Hair was chairman of the court, and he congratulated the three Scouts on their accomplishments.
“Your names have been added to the over 50 Eagle Scouts from Troop 22,” Hair said. “The troop is only 59 years old, so that is quite an accomplishment.”
The troop is sponsored by the Brownwood Kiwanis Club.
The ceremony was held at the site of the service project for one of the Eagle Scouts. Taylor led a group of Scouts and adults who refurbished a caboose on display at the museum.
Mary Irving, museum curator, thanked the Scouts for their assistance at the museum in a variety of endeavors.
“It is volunteers like you who are so important to community and to places like the Lehnis Museum,” Irving said.
Givan’s project was repainting the parking lot at the Family Services Center, and McNeese led a group of Scouts and adults in a fund-raiser for Good Samaritan Ministries.
Givan has been a Scout since January 2001, and has been patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and senior patrol leader.
McNeese has been a Scout since March 2003, and has been patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader.
Taylor has been a Scout since April 2001, and has been patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader.
Wesley Givan, also an Eagle Scout, read the One Hundred Scouts and Honor Roll, and Joseph Hardon issued the Eagle charge and challenge. Randy Rives offered the benediction.
Wesley Givan said of any 100 boys who become Scouts, 30 will drop out during their first year.
“Perhaps this may be regarded as a failure, but later in life, all will remember that they had been Scouts and will speak well of the program,” he said.
Six of that number will become pastors, and 12 will be from families that do no belong to church. But many of those will become active in congregations as a result of Scouting.
Approximately half of them will enter military service, and at least one will use Scout training to save another person’s life.
Four of the 100 will reach Eagle Scout rank, and at least one will value it more than an academic degree, Wesley Givan said.
“One one in four boys in America will become Scouts, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.”
Hardon listed the five responsibilities of an Eagle Scout, to live with honor, to be loyal, to be courageous, to be cheerful and to serve.
“You deserve much credit for having achieved Scouting’s highest honor,” Hardon said. “But wear your award with humility, ever mindful that the Eagle Scout is looked up to as an example. May the Scout Oath and the Scout Law be your guide for tomorrow and onward.”