A local student has earned his wings, becoming the newest Eagle Scout.
Nathan Nickles has gone above and beyond what is required to become an Eagle Scout. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest achievable rank within the Boy Scouts of America.
The process to achieve Eagle lasts years, most do not complete the necessary requirements for it. Less than 4% of those that enter the BSA ever achieve the rank of Eagle, according to the BSA website.
“Character, leadership and the practice of serving,” are skills Eagles Scouts are to have mastered by the time they have achieved the rank, according to the BSA.
The process to become an Eagle begins long before a child is eligible to become one. A scout must earn 21 merit badges. This is 10 more than what is required for Life Scouts.
Nickles achieved what is required, and more.
A Palm is awarded for every five additional merit badges past the required 21. Nickles has 36; he has reached Eagle Scout with three Palms.
Amid collecting the required badges, a Life Scout set on becoming an Eagle, must demonstrate they are living the Scout Law and Oath.
The law has several points indicating a Scout must be: Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
The oath follows.
“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.”
Nickles served as Senior Patrol Leader, in Boy Scout Troop 6030. The troop is based out of Portsmouth with Scoutmaster Mark Maynard directing the troop. On the day Nickles became an Eagle Scout, he was surrounded by those that helped him achieve his goals. His family Sam and Cindi Nickles, and his sister Lynzee Nickles, were there.
At the ceremony, he was presented with multiple letters of congratulations and official documents detailing his exploits.
Nickles received a letter from former President George W. Bush, Alpha Phi Omega, the Scioto County Board of Commissioners, the Secretary of the State of Ohio, and The General Assembly of the State of Ohio.
His Scout master and assistant Scout master, Randy Blankenship gave speeches that moved some spectating, to tears.
The final hurdle in reaching the Eagle rank is to plan, develop, lead and complete a service project that aids one’s community. Nickles saw to it his final project would be one that gave other opportunities. In August 2019, the future Eagle Scout oversaw the construction of a deer blind. This handicap-accessible shed enabled disabled children and adults to participate in a no-kill deer hunt. An opportunity not readily available to those suffering with a disability. The project saw more than 30 people building a 14×16 blind.
In a 10-hour timespan, the project was completed, painted, carpeted and ready for the hunt.
With the completion of his project to empower disabled individuals and the overachieving of merit badges, Nickles earned his wings. Now, the Valley student is the newest Eagle Scout in Scioto County.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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