BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The local Boy Scout troop just alerted us to a big event for those who are into scouting — four local boys are about to become Eagle Scouts — that’s a rather big deal.
Here’s the update from Troop 315:
2012 marks the centennial anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America’s rank of Eagle Scout. Today only 4 of every 100 scouts ever attain the highest rank of Eagle. This month BSA Troop 315 in Boca Raton (chartered with St. Paul Lutheran Church) recognizes four young men who have achieved this high honor: John Barber, Michael Super, Josh Puchferran and Jason Tiller.
Ceremony: April 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 W. Palmetto Park Road. Boca Raton, FL 33486
Troop 315, Scoutmaster John Quarquesso.
Others speaking at ceremony: Former State Representative Adam Hasner and representatives of the US Army
Contact Information: Liz Barber firstname.lastname@example.org 561 487 9231 or 561 213 1960
Eagle Scout Honorees:
Eagle Scout John Barber Age: 17
Son of Chris and Liz Barber of Boca Raton
Home Schooled – 11th Grade
10 years in scouting (4 years as a Cub Scout, 5 years as a Boy Scout)
Hobbies, Community Service, etc: Music, Volunteers at the Boca Raton City Library, self employed as a math tutor, keyboard player for church youth worship team, and assistant for church computer/tech department.
Eagle Project: Raised the funds and led a group of volunteers to build a much needed playground for a foster care safe house run by 4Kids of South Florida. This house provides immediate shelter for kids who are removed from a dangerous or neglectful situation. They are placed with a loving foster family for the short term in hopes of eventually reuniting with their families. This new playground gives the kids a place to relax and feel safe in the midst of a very difficult time.
What I learned from scouting: “Scouting was a valuable experience because it not only taught me new things, but also forced me to push myself harder. Of course I learned about first aid through the first aid merit badge, and about knots and wilderness survival. But I also learned how to be a good leader and was forced out of my comfort zone to do things I never knew I was capable of. ”
Eagle Scout Josh Puchferran Age: 17
Son of Rick and Sue Puchferran of Boca Raton
Josh’s two older brothers are also Eagle Scouts.
Home Schooled – currently in 11th Grade
10 years in scouting (4 years as a Cub Scout, 6 years as a Boy Scout)
Hobbies, Community Service, etc: Soccer, music, teacher and worship leader for middle and elementary school kids at church, soccer referee, drama and community performing arts technical crew.
Eagle Project: The First Christian Church of Boca Raton had no safe place for their younger children to go outside. After designing a plan for the area and raising the funds to purchase supplies, we constructed a toddler playground. This playground meets the needs of the children attending this church, those visiting and those in the neighborhood.
What I learned from scouting: “Over ten years of scouting I’ve had many fun experiences and learned many valuable lessons. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned, and one that I’ll use the rest of my life, is how to be a good leader. Scouting has taught me many characteristics and qualities of being a good leader.”
Eagle Scout Michel Super Age: 17
Son of Kevin and Laura Super of Boca Raton
Home Schooled – currently in 11th Grade
8 years in scouting (2 years as a Cub Scout, 6 years as a Boy Scout)
Hobbies, Community Service, etc: Soccer, Sunday School teacher for elementary aged boys, assist in church technical department.
Eagle Project: I constructed a Memorial Garden in Memory of the founding pastor of Spanish River Church, Dr. David Nicholas. The garden includes custom made benches, and is outlined with landscaping and landscaped timbers. In the middle of the garden stands a Gold Florida Fig tree.
What I learned from scouting: “My scouting experience has taught me how to lead with excellence of character. In scouting, I learned how your actions define your character and affect the outcome of every situation… To be a leader, you must first be a respectful leader. ”
Eagle Scout Jason Tiller Age: 18
8 years in Scouting (2 in cub scouts, 6 years in boy scouts)
Homeschooled – 12th Grade
Hobbies, Employment, etc.: Drama, computer programming, self employed as a math tutor and programmer.
Eagle Project: Led a team of volunteers in the renovation of a local athletics field. Repaired and modernized several volleyball courts as well as adjoining picnic tables.
What I learned from scouting: “While I was busy having the time of my life camping, rafting, learning to tie knots and starting campfires, the scouting program was instilling leadership, integrity, and a moral fiber that is so lacking in today’s society. As scouts grow from boys to men, it’s the goal of the scouting organization to make them men of character and the next generation of strong, Godly leaders. “