PLANT CITY Five members of Boy Scout Troop 5 were recently awarded scouting’s highest honor at a ceremony that included a salute to those who helped them along the way.
“It takes a village to raise someone and that’s never been more implemented than it is tonight,” Troop 5 Scoutmaster Mark Hamilton said.
Chase Dunn, Michael Hahn, Isaac Rivers and Christopher and Spencer Tatum each received their Eagle Scout awards in a March 24 ceremony at the Norman McLeod American Legion Post 26, 2207 W. Baker St., which hosts Troop 5.
For most of the scouts, their path to Eagle Scout started together, when they joined the Cub Scouts as first-graders.
“So many of this group are starting and ending together,” said Stacy Dunn, the mother of Chase Dunn and whose husband, Jeff, is an assistant scoutmaster. “They’ve all kind of helped each other.”
Hamilton said watching the boys grow into young men and building memories over the years is one of the best parts of being a scoutmaster.
“For me, that’s just been the biggest reward,” he said.
One of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout is to complete an individual service project that benefits the community. Eagle projects in Troop 5 included impressive undertakings such as improvements and upgrades to Alderman’s Ford and Edward Medard parks and renovations to the Plant City Entertainment community theater.
“You can tell they have enriched the Plant City community over and over again,” Hamilton said.
In addition to the Eagle awards, the scouts were also honored with awards and commendations from organizations such as the American Legion, Marine Corps League and the Sons of the American Revolution.
But the main focus of the evening was the Eagle awards, which they had worked for many years to achieve.
“I think as they get older it will mean more to them,” Stacy Dunn said. “The Eagle Scout is not just a local thing; it’s a national honor and something to be really proud of.”