By Valerie Werkmeister
Two local teens have earned the highest ranking honor possible in Boy Scouts. Jared Tepool and Adam Martin, both 17-year-old juniors at North Posey High School, were recently recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Achieving this rank was no small feat as both young men set out to accomplish ambitious projects to culminate their scouting career.
Tepool, son of Matt and Christina Tepool of Poseyville, chose to assist the Poseyville Christian Church install a new sidewalk and ramp to their church entrance. The project was a long-time wish for one of the church’s patrons, Carolyn Warpenburg. Tepool had befriended Carolyn and her husband, Marion, and although Carolyn passed away, he chose to dedicate the project in her memory.
The Tepool’s youngest son, Brandon, is also on the path towards earning his Eagle Scout rank. They entire family takes part in scouting events as Matt also serves as an assistant scout leader and Christina serves on the committee.
Martin is the second son of Chris and Kim Martin of Cynthiana, who achieved the Eagle Scout rank. Their oldest son, Spenser, received his in 2008. They, too, are a scouting family with both Chris and Kim serving as scout leaders throughout the boys’ lives.
Martin’s project involved interviewing and recording local veteran’s stories as part of the Veteran’s History Project through the Library of Congress. Martin’s interviews will soon be part of national history. He interviewed 10 veterans in all; one from World War 2, two from Viet Nam, one from the Korean War and six from the Gulf War.
Tepool and Martin are the latest out of 14 Scouts from Troop 387 to obtain their Eagle Scout under the guidance and tutelage of Scoutmaster Mitch Wagner. He has served as the troops’ leader for 13 years. Wagner, along with a handful of other dedicated volunteers watched and helped Tepool and Martin evolve from boys who were once homesick at summer camps or too shy to speak to others to young men who led community service projects to be proud of.
Both projects encompassed some of Scouting’s values including practicing good citizenship in the community, service and leadership.
According to the Boy Scouts.org website, Eagle Scouts are more likely than others who never participated in Scouts to have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented and network with others; be in a leadership position at their place of employment; have closer relationships with family and friends; volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations, donate money to charitable organizations; and work with others to improve their neighborhoods.
When new scouts first enter the troop at the rank of Tenderfoot, they must learn the Scout oath and the Scout law. At that time, the words are just something to recite and do not have much meaning. For scouts like Adam and Jared, who remained committed and achieved their goal, the meaning of the words is much clearer. The Scout law states that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
The Scout Oath states: 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 others people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Both young men can certainly attest that although the path to Eagle was challenging, it is something they accomplished on their own and the reward was worth the hard work.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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