Skylar Raines Earns Highest Rank of Eagle Scout

Skylar Ashland Harding Raines was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a special Court of Honor Ceremony May 4, 2014 at West Burnsville Baptist Church. The Eagle Scout rank is the highest and most coveted award in all of Scouting and is attained by only about 4% of those who enter Scouting.
Skylar, son of Deven and Shannon Raines, and brother of Shaylea andSlayden was presented the award by Troop 502 Scoutmaster Edwin (HoHo)Horhorhouny of the Daniel Boone Council, BSA of North Carolina. It is the goal that Skylar had worked toward for many years, starting at age 6 as a Cub Scout. Supported by his parents, troop leaders, and fellow Scouts, Skylar persevered. As an Eagle Scout, Skylar is asked to assume a solemn obligation to do his duty to God, his country, his fellow Scouts, and fellow citizens.
Both civilian and military organizations recognize the character and leadershiprequired to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
In addition to working his waythrough the ranks of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, the young man must havedemonstrated his leadership by being elected to Quarter Master, PatrolLeader, and Senior Patrol Leader. Skylar earned 25 merit badges certified bycouncil records and merit badge counselors.
The board of review carefullychecked Skylar’s record for leadership in his troop and in school affairs wherehe is an honor student, member of both the National Honor Society and the Technical Honor Society, student basketball coach, state officer in HOSA (Future Health Professionals), and a member of Huddle Club. Skylar is aleader in his church youth group and has volunteered in various community activities.
The final test of Scout’s leadership ability is the Eagle Project in which the aspiring Eagle must plan and supervise a project which will benefit his community. Skylar’s project was the installation of three flagpoles, complete with landscaping around them, at West Burnsville Baptist Church, benefiting also a Little League ball field on the church campus. His project was recognized at the Annual Daniel Boone Council Eagle Scout Banquet as one of the very best among 98 projects.
In completing the ceremony, Scoutmaster Horhorhouny said “By the virtue of the authority vested in me by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, I hereby award the rank of Eagle Scout to you.” He then asked Skylar’s mother to pin the Eagle Medal on Skylar as he continued, “No one will ever know the unnumbered acts of self-sacrifice and helpfulness from the mother of this Eagle Scout which has led to this afternoon.” Skylar’s father was asked to place the Eagle neckerchief on the new Eagle Scout after which Skylar pinned a miniature Eagle pin on both his parents. He recognized his “Papaw," Wade Harding, by awarding him the Eagle Scout Mentor pin.
Participating in the ceremony were Heather Dawes, Assistant Scoutmaster; Dr. Tom Kaluzynski, Assistant Scout leader: Andrew Hall, Color Guard and a member of Troop 502; Charlie Carroway, pastor of West Burnsville Baptist Church; Cathy King, West Burnsville Baptist Church Music Director; the Honorable Michele Presnell, who made a special presentation to Skylar; and Dr. Garland Wampler, an Eagle Scout who has been involved with Troop 502for some 40 years. Among the friends and family attending the ceremony were Mick Bryant and Monte Hogan, who had been Skylar’s Scout leaders and provided much encouragement along the way. Also in attendance was Jeff Harding, one of the first Eagle Scouts of Troop 502. The ceremony was followed by a reception where pictures and relics of Skylar’s Scouting activities were displayed, and Skylar’s supporters congratulated him on his achievement.
Skylar will be graduating from Mountain Heritage in June and attending Liberty University in the fall.


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