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Troop 20’s Jordan Hamilton receives Eagle Scout rank

January 16, 2019
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Jordan Lee Hamilton, 19, was sworn is as an Eagle Scout by his older brother Devon Hamilton Saturday morning. Younger brother Noah also participated in the ceremony.

"I started scouts when I was 11 years old and it's exciting to reach Eagle Scout," Jordan said. "It's taken a long time and I'm proud of this accomplishment."

The ceremony began with a description of the meaning of being a Boy Scout and the 3 principles of scouting: Duty to God, Duty to Others and Duty to Self. There are also 12 rules of Scout law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

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From left are Jordan, Noah and Devon Hamilton with their grandparents, Carolyn and Ed White.

ED FRANKS

The pathway to Eagle Scout can be described as a steep trail leading up to three peaks, the highest being that of Eagle Scout. The path is marked with merit badges, leadership responsibilities, service projects, and the practice of Scouting skills and ideals.

Stephany Gray, Boy Scout Panther District Award Chair, said he has known Jordan for several years. Panther District covers all of Lee County and LaBelle.

"I get to meet every candidate attempting to become an Eagle Scout in the Panther District," Gray said. "I'm luck to meet certain young men and you know when you meet them that the scout spirit is part of who they are. They don't even realize they're a very special person in this world."

It took Hamilton 8 or 9 years to reach Eagle Scout. The final project to reach Eagle Scout status was Hamilton's participation in building two benches in St. James Creek Preserve for the Calusa Land Trust.

"I didn't know they had 70-year-old Eagle Scouts," former CLT president and Eagle Scout John Kendall said. "I've had the pleasure of working with Boy Scout Troop 20 for a number of years and I was the president of the Calusa Land Trust when Jordan completed his final Eagle Scout project. This young man has conquered more obstacles than I've had to face in my entire life and we're all very proud of his accomplishment. Congratulations Jordan."

"It's really exciting to get this far in Boy Scouts," Jordan said. "I started working towards Eagle Scout when I joined and it was a long and hard journey from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout."

Jordan and his two brothers are being raised by their grandparents, Ed and Carolyn White. Ed White was also a Boy Scout.

"Jordan is two out of three of my grandchildren who have become Eagle Scouts," Ed said. "We have one more to go (Noah). I wish we could get more children on Pine Island involved in scouting."

"I've had the pleasure of meeting this family and from the very first meeting there was no doubt in my mind that we would be standing here awarding Jordan as an Eagle Scout," Gray said. "With some Eagle Scout candidates you know that no matter where they go, or what they do, people are going to recognize them for the heart they have for other people and for doing the right thing."

Pine Island Scout Troop #20 meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Pine Island United Methodist Church at 5701 Pine Island Rd, Bokeelia, FL 33922.

Contact Scout Leader Johnny Noday at 954-551-9942 for questions about Boy Scout Troop #20

 
 

 

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