Adams recognized as Eagle Scout
PINE ISLAND – Aaron Adams was awarded the Eagle Scout rank on August 18, 2013. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at the Pine Island United Methodist Church.
The opening flag ceremony was carried out by Senior Patrol Leader Isaac Beach. The Masters of Ceremony were personally select-ed by Adams. Joey Kempf, an Eagle Scout from Troop 78 in Mazeppa, and Corbin Renkin, an Eagle Scout from Troop 59 in Zumbrota, were chosen for the leadership and friendship they showed to him. Adams did most of his Boy Scout activities with Zumbrota’s Troop 59 and only recently became a member of Pine Island’s Troop 69. He said he felt that these two friends helped make scouting enjoyable, served as outstanding role models, told him he, too, could be an Eagle Scout and essentially kept him going in scouting. They both carried out the position of Masters of Cere-mony with the respect and honor warranted for this great achieve-ment.
Assistant Scoutmaster Chris Dietz explained that throughout history, the eagle has been used as a symbol of victory, strength, good over evil, royalty and valor. The tradition continues in scouting, as the eagle represents the triumph and success of the Boy Scout and is a symbol of his leadership skills. Scoutmaster Peter Sanders assisted Eagle Scouts Kempf and Renkin with the presentation of the Eagle Badge. Aaron’s parents, Patrick and Sara Adams, joined him at the center stage. Sara pinned the badge over her son’s heart, and Patrick Adams presented his son with an Eagle Scout certificate. In recognition of his parents’ involvement, Aaron placed a ribbon with a miniature Eagle pin around his mother’s neck and his father received an Eagle Scout Dad pin on a ribbon around his neck.
Adams addressed the court, expressing his sense of honor for this award. He related stories of his camping experiences and gave recognition to his parents for the support he has received both in scouting and in all aspects of his life.
Following the closing flag ceremony, congratulations were bestowed upon him, and a reception was held in his honor, hosted by the mothers of previous Troop 69 Eagle Scouts.