19 new Eagle Scouts close out 2013

Record-setting year for Milton District Eagles

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. - The Milton Boy Scout District, composed of the cities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton, had a record year, producing 99 Eagle Scouts in 2013.

December 2013 saw 19 new Eagle Scouts join the ranks.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in Scouting, and a Scout who attains this rank joins an elite list. Of the millions of boys who have become Scouts since1910, only 2.2 million have attained the rank of Eagle.

To become an Eagle, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. He must also demonstrate “Scout Spirit” by observing the Boy Scout Oath and Law and perform acts of service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge in recognition of the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements.

The following Scouts passed their Board of Review on Dec. 30, 2013, at a record-setting Board of Review.

Jackson Bowers, of Troop 27, sponsored by the Johns Creek Christian Church, designed and constructed a 3-foot-by-23-foot mulch-covered path leading to a 12-foot-by-8-foot rectangular area with a pergola and a bench that he also designed and built, located at the rear of the Summerour House at the Autrey Mill Heritage Center and Nature Preserve.

Troup Ackerman, of Troop 429, sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, designed and constructed a 72-foot fence along the back property line of the Homestead Charity facility. Ackerman also removed kudzu from the embankment on the property.

Patrick Russell, of Troop 429, sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, designed and built four sections of shelving along the border of a room for the Drake House.

For his Eagle project, Justin Moore, of Troop 841, sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, renovated and refurbished the bleachers and two dugouts for Roswell Area Park. Moore had to remove old rotten benches with rusted-in bolts and replace them with new benches and new bolts.

Benjamin Crawford, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, designed and built a handrail that connects two existing handrails on a sidewalk connecting the main parking lot of Johns Creek United Methodist Church to the CIBA Vision overflow parking lot. This handrail was 86.5 feet long and created one continuous handrail for the sidewalk.

Jack Thomson, of Troop 143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, renovated the main entrance of the Aurora Theater. He built two benches for the entranceway, pressure washed the concrete floor, built two flower boxes, created a sign stating “Aurora Theater” and renovated two light boxes.

Luke Hamilton, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and built three information kiosks for the camp sports and outreach ministry of Perimeter Church.

Garrett Biel, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and constructed six 5-foot benches at an overlook in Autrey Mill Heritage Center and Nature Preserve.

Yagnik Tadvarthi, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, designed and built six 5-foot picnic tables for use at the Cottage School in Roswell. Two of the picnic tables are being used to extend the outdoor cafeteria at the school, while two more replace existing damaged outdoor classroom tables. Another two tables are being used next to a garden for a place to sit during outdoor lessons.

Anish Shivkumar, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, designed and built six gardening boxes on the campus of Johns Creek Elementary School. He also provided soil for the boxes and a four-wheel cart that has a seat and bucket holder.

James Breyen, of Troop 841, sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, designed and built four picnic tables for a wooden area located at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Andrew Boch, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, collected and delivered personal hygiene kits to Jacmel, Haiti. He collected more than enough supplies to create over 150 hygiene kits.

Joseph Scales, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and constructed a 12-foot-by-24-foot run-in barn for Save the Horses. The run-in barn will be located in one of the back pastures of their property.

Skyler Hope, of Team 734, sponsored by Webb Bridge Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, collected everyday items such as cough syrup, decongestants, gently used clothes and socks for infants to 4 years, shampoo, kitchen towels and dishcloths, bath towels, bedding and kitchen utensil for an orphanage called Hogar de Vida in Costa Rica.

Graham Widmann, of Troop 317, sponsored by Perimeter Church, designed and built an entranceway in the shape of an arched arbor for the Perimeter Christian School (PCS) gardens.

Cole Burke, of Troop 3143, sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church, collected coats and jackets for the homeless people of the parish attending Rock Church of Atlanta. He exceeded his goal of 550 coats, collecting a total of 828 coats and 83 other items such as gloves and hats.

Kindle Anderson, of Troop 69, sponsored by Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, collected and delivered more than 1,200 items for Operation Sandbox, an organization that sends supplies and gift bags to our troops overseas. After collecting the items, Anderson had to transport them to Oxford, Ga., for distribution to the troops.

William Arnold, of Troop 69, sponsored by Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, designed and built three 8-foot-by-4-foot raised flower beds that were placed in between the 4200 and 5200 hallways at Milton High School. The beds will be used by the science department in order to conduct experiments on various types of vegetation. In between, gravel pathways will allow the students to easily walk between the flower beds.

Alexander Gibson, of Troop 841, sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, designed and built three benches at the Roswell Area Park tennis courts area. Two of the benches are along the running track, and the third bench is on a corner of the back two tennis courts.