Crane District unveils new Eagle Scout honors

Published 10:29pm Saturday, January 19, 2013

Many deserving awards were given out at the Crane District Eagle Recognition and Awards Banquet Friday evening. During the ceremony, four scout members from the Crane District were specifically recognized for their dedication to scouting through receiving the revered title of Eagle Scout.

“Becoming an Eagle Scout is one of the highest honors in scouting,” said James Bearden, district chairman of the Crane district.”

Those given the honor of Eagle Scout were Tyler Sessions, troop 94; Victor Roussell, troop 126; Lance Krunosky, troop 26 and Khalid Freig, troop 26.

All four had to complete a special project to receive the award. Sessions worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace 15 bluebird houses damaged by storms.

“Tyler and his dad replaced the houses using cedar wood from his grandfather’s land,” said Allen Bearden, district chairman.

Roussell built two hexagon shaped benches and repaired playground equipment at Edgewood Elementary while Krunosky worked to clean up a cemetery at Old Cahawba and Freig organized donations at his church.

During the ceremony, Harold Wells of the District Advancement Committee also awarded the Bill Crane Scout of the Year Award to Luke Reynolds of troop 30.

“Luke is a young man you can depend on,” Wells said. “Whenever you ask him to do something, you can bet the job is going to get done.”

Wells said the scout of the year award has been given for the last 27 years to the most hard-working scout, and he believe Reynolds was very deserving of this award.

“Luke is a star scout,” he said. “His troop leader wrote that troop 30 would not exist if they didn’t have Luke, so that tells you a lot right there.”

Along with scouting, Reynolds also stays active in the youth group at Christ the King Episcopal Church. He also enjoys woodworking and is in the tenth grade.

“He takes scouting very seriously,” Wells said. “He never misses a campout.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, James Bearden performed the installation of officers, signaling the beginning of the 2013 scouting season.

“These are all great leaders and scouts,” Bearden said.

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