Eight Scouts in local troop earn rank of Eagle
by Sally Litchfield
March 22, 2013 12:31 AM | 2336 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, David Masiarczyk, Will Fulkerson, Andrew Meaux, Michael Sterling, Parks Chandler, DeFord Smith, Charles  Spencer and Hunter Hill of Troop 1011 recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. <br> Special to the MDJ
From left, David Masiarczyk, Will Fulkerson, Andrew Meaux, Michael Sterling, Parks Chandler, DeFord Smith, Charles Spencer and Hunter Hill of Troop 1011 recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
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From left, Michael Sterling, Hunter Hill, Parks Chandler, David Masiarczyk when they were 9 and 10 in their Boy Scout uniforms.
From left, Michael Sterling, Hunter Hill, Parks Chandler, David Masiarczyk when they were 9 and 10 in their Boy Scout uniforms.
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When a Boy Scout attains the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank awarded in Scouting, it is exceptional. When eight Scouts from the same troop are awarded the rank at the same time, it is extraordinary.

Troop 1011, which meets at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in east Cobb, witnessed the extraordinary when Parks Chandler, Will Fulkerson, Hunter Hill, Andrew Meaux, David Masiarczyk, DeFord Smith, Charles Spencer and Michael Sterling all achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

“It’s particularly unique. I think it’s the third time in the history of the troop where we had a group or patrol that came in not only as first year Scouts but started as Tiger Cubs,” said Tom Whitfield, former Scout Master of the troop who worked with the Scouts from 2006 to 2012.

The boys participated together from age 6 to 18. “These guys are the symbol under a common bond that doesn’t necessarily have to do with church, schools or neighborhoods,” said the east Cobb resident. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three sons who are all Eagle Scouts.

Reaching the rank of Eagle Scout is no small feat.

“About 2 percent of Scouts receive the rank of Eagle Scout,” he said.

A Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges including 12 mandated Eagle Scout badges and 9 elective badges. Once the Scout earns his required merit badges, he must plan and execute an Eagle Scout project that is community-oriented.

The eight Scouts performed a variety of service projects that ranged from inventing a Trail Side Bike Repair Station to constructing and installing a wild animal enclosure for Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is more exceptional today than before.

“The distraction factor is off the charts these days. Our kids are exposed and expected to do so many things. The mere fact that any Scout can get Eagle and still do all the other things that are expected of him and the demands of school and church and community and parents is a phenomenal achievement. It’s nothing short of miraculous,” Whitfield said.

Their accomplishments don’t end with Scouting. They are a well-rounded, gifted group representing almost every high school sport including gymnastics, football, wrestling, swimming and baseball.

“To me these guys are Eagles whether we pinned it on them or not in terms of their contribution,” Whitfield said.
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Retiree1
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March 25, 2013
Fabulous achievement. Well done! As a former Girl Scout, and a woman married to a former Eagle Scout, I know what terrific young men these fellows are, and will continue to be. It does my heart good to read this story!
David G.
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March 22, 2013
Its great that these boys obviously had the support of a dedicated scoutmaster. Sadly my son didn't and after being singled out repeatedly decided scouting wasn't all it was cracked up to be. As much publicity sexual abuse gets in the media its what I call "soft" verbal and mental abuse some boys experience that also damages them and their confidence...Just because someone wants to be a scoutmaster doesn't mean they are suited for that leadership position.
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