The pinnacle of a Boy Scout’s career is the Eagle Badge, a sign not only of the variety of skills he’s learned as a Scout but also of the character the organization has instilled in him. Only about 1 in 20 Boy Scouts ever earn the prestigious award.
On Sunday, a Moultrie-based troop inducted three of its Scouts into the ranks of the Eagles.
Dontavious D. Alridge, Austin Davis Dauphin and Colby Warren Purvis each accepted the Eagle Scout Charge during an Eagle Court of Honor at Moultrie’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors Boy Scout Troop 400.
To become an Eagle, a Boy Scout must earn the previous rank, Life Scout, and then be active in the troop for at least six months thereafter, including actively serving in a position of responsibility; he must demonstrate he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law; he must earn a total of 21 merit badges, including some that are specifically required; he must plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project; and once all that is done, he must undergo a scoutmasters conference and board of review.
All three of the honorees did service projects that benefited the City of Moultrie Parks and Recreation Department.
Alridge, son of Christine and Eddie Alridge, led his fellow Scouts in building the marathon pavilion on the Tom White Linear Park, also known as the walking trail.
Dauphin, son of Troop 400’s scoutmaster, Dennis Dauphin, and his wife Francine, led the Scouts in erecting the Born Learning Center on the trail, a portion designed for preschoolers to exercise their minds as well as their muscles.
Purvis, son of Catherine Parker and Anthony Warren Purvis, led the Scouts in repairing the fence at the baseball field at Knuck McCrary Sports Complex.
Among the dignitaries offering their congratulations were Moultrie Mayor Bill McIntosh, City Manager Mike Scott, Parks and Recreation Department Director Terry Peek, and Angela Castellow, who serves as both a city councilwoman and as executive director of United Way of Colquitt County, a source of monetary support for the county’s Boy Scout troops. Michael Bryant, a representative of U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, made a presentation, and law enforcement officer John Mucci brought letters of congratulations from President Barack Obama, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and others.