Balenseifen acheives rank of Eagle
Jared Balenseifen of Troop 580 was awarded his Eagle Badge Saturday, October 16 at a Court of Honor held at the Church of Christ in Keyes, Oklahoma. The Eagle Award is the highest and most coveted rank in Scouting, the last major step in the advancement program.
Less than 1 out of 50 scouts in the United States reach the Eagle Scout. To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, including 12 of which are required. He must serve actively in a troop leadership position for a period of six months after achieving the rank of Life Scout. While a Life Scout, he must plan, develop, and carry out a service project helpful to a religious institution, school, or community in a manner worthy of an Eagle Scout. He must demonstrate, through the testimony of character references and otherwise, that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. Finally, he must appear before a Board of Review.
Jared joined Scouting in the fall of 1995 with Pack 546 as a Bear. He diligently worked to complete the requirements of both the Wolf and Bear Badges and earned both at the end of his first year. For the next two years, he was known as a Webelo and accomplished all his achievements to reach the highest pinnacle of Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light. He crossed over in May of 1998 to become a Boy Scout. Since then he has earned the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life.
He completed the requirements for 44 merit badges and has served as Den Chief for the pack, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster for his troop. One of the most rewarding merit badges for Jared was the Atomic Energy. So much so, he returned two years later to serve as a junior counselor for the classes.
As his need for merit badges decreased, Jared stepped up to the challenge of leadership by volunteering his services as staff at the various camps he attended with his troop. Currently he is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 580.
Jared's Eagle Project was the replacing and repairing of the sidewalk at the Church of Christ in Keyes. He personally spent almost 23 hours in developing, preparing and working on the project. Together his crew put in over 150 man hours and the sidewalk will last the Church for a number of years. Troop 580 participated in the Court of Honor with a flag presentation and a special candle ceremony explaining the 12 points of Scout Law. Pat Conner served the event as Mistress of Ceremonies, Fellow Eagles Todd Singleterry and Vic Shrock of Guymon and Scoutmasters Susan Fry, Lisa Fry and Vaughn Kilborn helped with presentations. Jared's grandpa, Howard, who is also an Eagle was his escort and presented the responsibilities of an Eagle to Jared. Jared is a senior at Keyes High School and the son of Brent and Joyce Balenseifen.
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