Taylor Rowley Smith and Steven Mark Emanuele were presented with a certificate of appreciation by District Deputy Grand Master Rick Baker on behalf of Grand Master of Masons in Virginia Wayne Sawyer Flora.
Baker said becoming an Eagle Scout is the most prestigious and hard-earned rank and takes a great deal of time, dedication and sheer will power to accomplish.
To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, scouts must earn 21 merit badges, including the 12 required eagle specific badges.
Baker delivered the Scout Oath, “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
He then recited the scout law, “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”
And finished with the scout motto, “Always be prepared.”
Baker told the group scouts laws and oaths parallel the Masons a great deal.
To read the entire story, see the May 1 edition of The Central Virginian.