CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Three area young men celebrated the achievement of their Eagle Scout ranks in a joint Court of Honor ceremony on Aug. 6 at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town.
Boy Scouts Brendan Barry, Brian Reboulet and Zachary Ward are members of Troop 82, based at St. James, where they have worked and progressed together since they entered the Scout unit at its founding in 2004.
The youths will continue to progress together as they all head off to freshman year at Shepherd University later this month.
In 2004, a group of families at the church launched Boy Scout Troop 82, which started with a handful of young boys including Brendan, Brian and Zach. The three boys became friends from the start and continue to share strong bonds. Today, the troop has grown to include a roster of more than 50 Scouts and more than 15 adult leaders.
Barry is an 18-year-old who will major in computer technology at Shepherd University, and will have his tuition covered by the West Virginia Promise Scholarship, which he earned through his grades and test scores. He is active in his church, soccer, a trained musician and an employee at both Chick-fil-A and Cutco Knife Co.
His Eagle service project was the design and construction of a set of bicycle racks at Harpers Ferry Middle School in Jefferson County.
"I am grateful to the Boy Scouts, which has helped me become a person of stronger character with greater skills," Brendan said.
Reboulet, 18, will major in psychology at Shepherd University. He is a musician and artist, participate on the high school track team, has been an member of his high school and community thespian societies, and is an employee in food service at a local business.
He has held many of the leadership positions with Troop 82, including senior patrol leader. His Eagle service project was to organize participants and sponsors in a Relay for Life to support prevention, treatment and research for cancer.
"Boy Scouts taught me the importance of serving my community and being a good example to others, which is something I hope to continue throughout my life," he said.
Ward, 18, will major in history at Shepherd University, and will have his tuition covered by the West Virginia Promise Scholarship, which he earned through his grades and test scores.
As a high school student, he provided service to St. James Church as an altar server and youth leader, conducted mission trips to poor communities, played soccer, played guitar and worked at a cookie company.
His Eagle project was the design and construction of a bridge at a Girl Scouts camp to replace a washed-away bridge, which left the campgrounds divided by a stream.
"Boy Scouts taught me about leadership and camaraderie, which are valuable lessons for my future," Ward said.
For more information, go to http://charlestown82.mytroop.us/.