Of the 100 million boys who have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America since the group was formed in 1910, only 2 million have obtained the rank of Eagle, the highest attainable rank.
There were six Eagle Scouts on the Leesville Road football team that finished its 13-1 season last Friday night with a 42-21 loss to Garner."Scouting teaches you about leadership," said Garrett Pebbles, a running back and linebacker for the Pride. "Sometimes you're in charge of 60 kids. Scouting teaches you about how to work with other people."
Scouts must earn 21 merit badges, awards for learning a skill and performing it, and complete a community project in order to receive an Eagle. Most scouts leave the program before receiving their Eagle award.
Andrew Tibbets, safety
Eagle project: Prepared 300 bags with toiletries and toys for children at UNC Hospital for cancer treatments.
A.J. Rimes, linebacker
Eagle project: Collected 750 pounds of food for 39 children.
Jacob Trundle, punter
Eagle project: Built benches for the Black Horse Run summer league swim team.
Brad Davenport, lineman
Eagle project: Built a canine training course for the Wake County Sheriff's Department.
Garrett Peebles, receiver
Eagle project: Built picnic tables to be used at St. David's School.
Brandon Creede, tackle
Eagle project: Built bridges over creeks at Sandling Beach.
"With all the options available to young men today, to have six that have not only excelled at football as part of an undefeated and top ranked high school team, but who have excelled in scouting by earning its highest honor, I think that qualifies as an unusual display of dedication and perseverance," said Ed Miller, the chairman of the Occoneechee Council Advancement Committee, which reviews candidates applications for Eagle.