Only 7 percent of Boy Scouts ascend to the rank of Eagle Scout. One Cove teen has joined the ranks of the elite.
Joshua Hawk, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 258, is the first in his troop to receive the prestigious Eagle Scout Award.
He was presented the award by Municipal Judge Bill Price during a Court of Honor meeting Dec. 9 at United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove.
One of the requirements a scout must meet to become an Eagle Scout is to plan, develop and lead a service project for any religious organization, school or community. Hawk’s service project was to help Texas Humane Heroes, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that serves the greater Killeen area.
“My whole life I’ve really liked dogs,” he said. “It was one of the few places we were told we could help.”
Trudy Perry, the troop’s committee chair, said Hawk helped the shelter build and expand its indoor dog pen, removing the floor of the prefabricated, modular building and putting in concrete to make it more durable and clean.
The rank of Eagle Scout took Hawk approximately 11 years to attain. To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must progress through five ranks and earn 21 merit badges. The Boy Scout also must serve six months in a troop leadership position, take part in a Scoutmaster conference, and successfully complete the Eagle Scout board of review.
“It’s a difficult, difficult rank to achieve,” Perry. “There are a lot of people who have earned Eagle Scout who are famous like Neil Armstrong and Gov. Rick Perry.”