GORE — Joining the ranks of “Eagle Scouts,” Anthony Hahn has honored himself, his family and his community with his useful work and dedication to perseverance, during his years in Boy Scouts.
This highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America is an honor held for life and by only those who meet all of the demands. It is a prestigious award recognized not only by scouts, but by those in the adult world who understand its meaning.
Anthony Hahn, son of Jim and Nicole Hahn, worked with pride to meet those requirements. Hahn had to earn at least 21 merit badges, demonstrate “Scout Spirit,” have active troop membership, hold a “position of leadership” within the troop, and complete a service project of value.
Hahn, who is 18 years old, was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. His dad was inspirational in encouraging him to join.
“I fell in love with it and have been ever since,” he said proudly.
“The award is important to me because it represents all the hard work I put into it. It shows how dedicated I am and is a reminder that I can hold on to forever. It also fits well into resumes and shows my character,” Hahn explained with regard to the meaning it has to him.
Creating a game for the students at St. John Elementary was the final project to be completed in order to receive the award. Hahn described the game that he experienced at Camp Damascus in Centerburg as the example of what he made.
He made a portable, hexagonal ball pit that a game like TAG is played in. The ball has to hit the players in the legs while they are in the pit. After making it, Hahn was able to set it up for the students and enjoyed watching them play during their gym class.
He not only had to get an idea that would be beneficial to a school, community or church, but he also had to plan it, recruit helpers and sponsors, get the plan approved by a scout leader, propose the idea to the school for approval, physically make and install the game, keep records of the entire project clear down to “man-hours worked,” as he described.
His project required funding, which came from the St. John’s Knights of Columbus, the Church of St. John and an anonymous donor.
He shared his process by explaining that he started with going to his troop to, “...get guys who would be good at helping make it. Then, I just sort of delegated to them throughout the project and I oversaw everything. I started in February and ended in April. There were 12 others who helped with it.”
Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to earn an Eagle Scout Award, but many do not. There are only about four percent of scouts who earn the award. Hahn believes that younger scouts could benefit from his advice.
“It may seem like it is far off and it may never happen. And, it may not seem like it will be beneficial but if you stick it out, it’ll be worth it and someday you’ll look back and it’ll be good memories,” he advised.
At a ceremony on Saturday, June 8 at the New Hope United Methodist Church, in Gore, Hahn will receive his award surrounded by his family and those who supported his project.
“It’ll be like a reunion,” he said with pride.
Eagle Scouts have been recognized since 1911 with the first award being given to Arthur Eldred. Since then, a number of famous people have been awarded. President Gerald R. Ford, Film Director Stephen Spielberg, and Astronaut Neil Armstrong are just a few more well known recipients.
There are advantages to having earned the award which minimally include,the possibility of advanced enlisted rank if entering the U.S. Military, college entrance opportunities and obtaining scholarships. Eagle Scouts are also seen by employers as dedicated to others, having leadership skills and being committed to the completion of quality work.
The Boy Scout motto related to the attainment of the award is, “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Hahn now has the rank that will help him soar into his adult life.