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Monday, July 02, 2001

Local Boy Scouts honored in ceremony

Troop 68 of the Boys Scouts of America, Buffalo Trails District, Pecos held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor recently at the Church of Christ, Fourth and Bois D'Arc Streets, with Nolan Blount, Scoutmaster, in charge and opening the ceremonies.

John Cole "Jack" Armstrong, Jr., Nolan J. Blount II and Billy Jack Brookshire were recognized and honored for achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout.

Parents and grandparents of Jack Armstrong are John Cole and Sam Armstrong, Mrs. Betty Armstrong, all of Pecos, Lt. Col. (retired) Earl and Clara Bass of Marbel, Ark., while Nolan J. Blount's parents and grandparents are Nolan and Rhetta Blount, VaLera Gatewood, all of Pecos, Gene and Lila Blount of Alice, Mrs. Neoma Peters of Pecos; Jack and Keema Brookshire, Weldon and Jeanne Brookshire, Bill and Mary Ann Box, Bess James, all of Pecos, Imogene Landtroop of Merkel, and Gene and Ruby McMillan of Westminster, Calif., are parents and grandparents of Billy Jack Brookshire.

During opening ceremonies of the Court of Honor Ben Stickels former Scoutmaster of Troop 68, gave the invocation, Will Armstrong, brother of Scout John Cole Armstrong, Jr., led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, Dustin Gulihur, fellow scout, gave the recitation of the Scout Law, and Eagle Scout Trevor Teague presented the Challenge and Charge to the Eagle Scouts.

Priss McNutt spoke for John Cole "Jack" Armstrong, Jr., sharing some personality traits, various accomplishments and other aspects of his life, which gave listeners an appreciation of the Scouter. Eagle Scout Michael Swanson of Monahans, long-time friend of the scout, presented the Eagle Award to Jack Armstrong.

Eagle Scout Teague was the speaker for Nolan J. Blount II, telling of his accomplishments and attributes, and giving a picture of Nolan J.'s love of scouting through the years. Teague also made the presentation of the Eagle Award to his cousin, Nolan J.

Weldon Brookshire of Pecos spoke for his grandson, Billy Jack Brookshire, telling of his Eagle Scout Project, some of his work and achievements of being a scout. Eagle Scout Teague was the presenter of the Eagle Scout Award to Billy Jack Brookshire.

Unusual and interesting to note was the fact that the three scouts registered as scouts in April 1990, attended day camp in Pyote in June and became Bobcat Scouts in the fall, John Cole Armstrong Jr., in October 1990, Nolan J. Blount II in November 1990 and Billy Jack Brookshire in December 1990. Thus launched, these Cub Scouts embarked on many exciting adventures and an array of hard work, which encompassed several Scout-O-Ramas in Pecos, Monahans and Kermit, numerous Pinecar Derbys, popcorn sales and scouting for food projects, earning various ranks as well as Forester Pins, Fitness Pins, and Family Member Pins, Compass Emblems, National Summertime Pins, and Communicator Pins, just to name a few.

After working and achieving in their Cub Scout ranks the youngsters then became Webelos Scouts (We Be Loyal Scouts) earning their Webelos Badges and finishing out numerous accomplishments. Each of them earned their Arrow of Light, the highest achievement available to Cub Scouts.

As Boy Scouts of America the youngsters worked onward. John Cole, Nolan J. and Billy Jack continued to sell popcorn for six years with Nolan J. being the top salesman for Troop 68, during those years. They posted the colors at football games and the West of the Pecos Rodeo for the past six years, honoring "Old Glory" and our nation by their faithfulness. They continued their "Scouting for Food," 1994-96, attended Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch, 1995-99, attended Hughes Aquatic Base in Colorado City in 2000 and Nolan J. also attended Midway in Midland.

Each of the Eagle Scouts completed all the ranks of Boy Scouting. On May 5, 1995 they earned their Tenderfoot Rank; on Aug. 8, 1995 Nolan J. and Billy Jack earned their second class rank, with John Cole joining them by earning that rank on Sept. 15, 1995. They all continued achieving completing their First Class Rank, Star Rank and Life Rank. John Cole completed his Eagle Scout Rank requirements on Feb. 1, 2001, with Billy Jack and Nolan J. finishing their Eagle Scout Rank on Feb. 15, 2001.

All three Eagle Scouts achieved the elite honor of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow, a camping Honor Society of Boy Scouting.

Nolan J. Blount II achieved a total of 49 merit badges; the last 15 badges being earned under the Bronze Palm, 8-7-2000; the Gold Palm, 11-15-2000; and the Silver Palm 2-20-2001, with five merit badges being earned for each Palm.

Billy Jack Brookshire earned a total of 43 merit badges with five badges being awarded on 8-7-2000 to achieve the Bronze Palm and while the Gold Palm was awarded on 11-7-2000 for an additional five badges earned.

John Cole Armstrong earned a total of 33 merit badges in his Boy Scout career.

Twenty-three Boy Scout merit badges, including numerous badges that are required to advance in rank, have to be earned to achieve the Eagle Scout Rank.

The Troop 68 Eagle Scout Court of Honor was concluded by the new Eagle Scouts giving the pledge of the Eagle Scout and Lee Ward offering the benediction.

A large crowd of family and friends, from throughout the community, attended the festivities which concluded with a reception and refreshments honoring these three outstanding young men. A lovely patriotic-Eagle Scout theme was used in the décor of the room and refreshments, with Eagle Scout Emblem napkins being used.

Host families needed for students

Host families are needed for international exchange students for the 2001-2001 academic year. The students hope to arrive in early August and will stay with the host family for one semester or until the end of the school year. They are in need of caring American families _ with or without children _ to provide a home and share with them this unique experience.

The host family will provide a bed, meals, as well as friendship, understanding and a genuine desire to share the American way of life with a youngster from overseas. The students are between the ages of 15 and 18, speak English, are covered by medical insurance, and have spending money for their personal expenses.

For more information, call Yvette Coffman at the ERDT Southwest Regional Office at 1-800-941-3738.

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