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Mercersburg Scout earns Eagle Rank

January 18, 2013
  • Troop 7 of Mercersburg honored Benjamin Harris Troupe with the highest award in Scouting, the Eagle Rank, on June 2, 2012, at the Charles Brightbill Environmental Center in Mercersburg
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MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Troop 7 of Mercersburg honored Benjamin Harris Troupe with the highest award in Scouting, the Eagle Rank, on June 2, 2012, at the Charles Brightbill Environmental Center in Mercersburg.

The ceremonies team of Guneukitschik Lodge 317 Order of the Arrow conducted the Four Winds Eagle Court of Honor.

Ethan Mowen, fellow Eagle Scout of Troop 7, began the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.

Pastor Elaine Swinehart gave the invocation.

Lain Mowen, Scoutmaster of Troop 7, affirmed that Benjamin had completed all of the requirements necessary to receive the rank of Eagle.

Fellow Eagle Scout Erik Riess administered the Eagle Promise.

Benjamin’s mother, Angela Troupe, presented her son with the Eagle Scout medal and he presented her the Eagle mother’s pin and seven red roses symbolizing the seven ranks of Scouting.

Benjamin’s father, Mark Troupe, presented his son with the Eagle Scout neckerchief and slide, and Benjamin presented his father with the Eagle father’s pin.

Benjamin honored Denver Trumpower (grandfather), James Troupe (grandfather), Lain Mowen (Scoutmaster), and Luke Spurgeon with mentor pins for their support and guidance throughout his Scouting career and his life.

Richard Hissong, charter organization representative for Troop 7, read and presented citations given to Benjamin from area elected officials. On July 4, a flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Benjamin achieving the rank of Eagle, the highest award giving in Scouting.

Benjamin started his Scouting career as a Wolf Cub with Pack 28 of Mercersburg, where he earned his Religious Emblem, all 20 Webelo activity pins, and the rank of Arrow of Light, which is the highest award given in Cub Scouting.

In 2007, Benjamin crossed over to Troop 28 and earned the rank of tenderfoot, second class, first class and star. He held the office of assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and den chief, which earned him the Den Chief Service Award.

He became a Guneukitschik Lodge 317 Order of the Arrow member in 2008 and a Brotherhood member in 2009.

Benjamin is one of the 11 founding members of Troop 7, where he earned the rank of Life Scout in 2008. He was elected as the first senior patrol leader of Troop 7 and has served as troop guide and Order of the Arrow representative. In 2009, he served as a staff member of the National Youth Leader Training, and attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference.

He has been a Sinoquipe Camp staff member, and in 2010 he attended the Centennial National Boy Scout Jamboree, where he held the position of troop quartermaster.

In 2010, while  a member of Crew 96 of Waynesboro, Pa., Benjamin attended Sea Base-Deep Sea Diving High Adventure camp, and in 2012, he attended Philmont Scout Reservation for a high adventure hiking experience.

He has earned 36 merit badges, the Mile Swim Award and is a BSA Lifeguard. On Nov. 30, 2011, he completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review following the completion of all Eagle Scout requirements.

Benjamin, along with fellow Scout Ethan Mowen, are the first Scouts to receive the rank of Eagle in Troop 7.

Benjamin’s Eagle Scout project consisted of the planning and supervision of the design and placement of posts with plaques containing educational information about 26 different trees found on the Charles Brightbill Environmental Center property. The center is home to the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project.

  Benjamin is a junior at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, where he is an honor student and a percussion member of the JBHS Band.

Benjamin is the goalkeeper for the JBHS soccer team earning varsity letters his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He was voted MVP by his fellow teammates for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

He has played club soccer for Tuscarora Youth Soccer Club, the Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders and is a member of the Clear Spring Blast club team.

 In October 2012, Benjamin was chosen to be “Senator for a Day” and attend a seminar on Pennsylvania state government.

After graduation, Benjamin would like to continue playing soccer on the college level and pursue a degree in political science.

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