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3 Scouts earn Eagle badges – and more are coming soon
A convocation of eagles is coming to Colusa.
Colusa County went 11 years without having a Boy Scout obtain the Eagle ranking. Now, thanks to the dedication of the young men of Troop 5 and their Scoutmaster, the county has three.
Nick Moresco, Gavin Gerrard and Branden Woodring were recognized with proclamations by the Colusa City Council and the Colusa County Office of Education at their Eagle badge presentation ceremony on Jan. 26, and Scoutmaster Amy Gerrard anticipates there will be plenty more to come.
Eight more scouts from Troop 5 are slated to become Eagle Scouts within a year, and two more will begin their Eagle Projects next summer.
"Trystyn Termayne has finished his Eagle Project and is currently waiting for his Eagle Board of Review. Spencer will be 'Eagling Out' in a month and a half; Tylor, Sam Daniel, Bobby, and Jesse, within six months. Alex will Eagle by himself, starting in December. Erik and Nick will start their Eagle Projects in June," said Gerrard.
Thirteen out of 15 members of the troop are slated to reach the highest step of the Boy Scouts program in a year's time. That 87 percent rate far exceeds the nationwide average. Gerrard hopes that she and the troop can bring that number up to 100 percent when all is said and done.
"That is highly unusual," said Jim Martin, the Scout Executive/CEO for the Golden Empire Council. "Typically, only 4 percent of boys that join receive the Eagle Scout designation. That is exceptional — that is unprecedented. I have never heard of (100 percent reaching Eagle)."
What does this mean for the community? Each scout seeking Eagle designation is required to plan and lead a community service project. If all goes according to plan, Troop 5 will single-handedly account for 13 service projects that directly benefit their communities. Projects already completed include Spencer Stocks' cleanup at Princeton Volunteer Fire Department, Nick Moresco's and Gavin Gerrard's beautification and maintenance at Egling Middle School, and Branden Woodring's installation of dog waste bags in Colusa Community Parks.
That Troop 5's Scoutmaster is a woman also is noteworthy.
"There aren't a lot of women as Scoutmasters," Gerrard said.
Alesia Tremayne was the first female scoutmaster in Colusa and had a tenure of 5 years before Gerrard took over.
Martin said he did not have figures on hand for the number of female Scoutmasters in Boy Scouts of America, but the number "is higher than it was 15 years ago."
"Many of the larger troops today will have at least an Assistant Scoutmaster who is a woman," Martin said. "They are valued adult leaders in our program. It's a special kind of person that can communicate with and motivate teenagers."