By: Sharon Aron Baron
On Sunday evening when most Coral Springs residents were home watching the Super Bowl, a group gathered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the charter organization for Boy Scout Troop 27, to honor the advancement of Adam Rose to the rank of Eagle Scout.
The rank of Eagle Scout is achieved after earning 21 merit badges in everything from riflery to family history, but is best known for its minimum 100 hour service project that must be conceived, planned, and executed by the scout.
For his service project, Adam, 16, who attends Florida Atlantic University in their high school dual enrollment program, worked with the Sawgrass Nature Center to fill a need they had for benches along a pathway. He obtained the materials, stained all of the wood, and gathered the other scouts in his troop to assemble and deliver the benches.
Church leader and family friend Stephen Smith said the rank of Eagle Scout is not a trophy you hang on a wall – it describes the values of your heart.
“I have seen these values of courage and honor in Adam as he worked beside his fellow scouts after hurricanes Irma and Michael. Even before becoming an Eagle, Adam was exemplifying the qualities that distinguish an Eagle Scout from his peers,” said Smith.
Andy Buglione, Assistant Commissioner of the Boy Scouts Lighthouse District presented Adam with certificates from several service organizations as well as the one-of-a-kind belt buckle awarded only to Eagle Scouts in that district.
Adam honored his Eagle Scout mentor, Richard McEwan with a pin and his gratitude declaring “Brother McEwan was with me every step of the way.”
McEwan reminded Adam that his actions will now be more conspicuous, more will be required of him and that he has set a tremendous example for the remaining scouts in Troop 27 – not to mention his three younger brothers.
After thanking his parents, Nathan and Beth Rose of Coral Springs, and awarding them their Eagle pins, Adam shared his thoughts about scouting.
“Working to get my Eagle allowed me to learn leadership skills and gave me an opportunity to provide service to the community. The Scouting program is a great way to get out and serve.”
For more information about how to get involved in Boy Scouts, contact the South Florida Council for the Boy Scouts of America at 954-584-4200.