Boy Scout leaders from Waxahachie Troop 232 awarded the organization’s highest rank to Ben Davis during an Eagle Court of Honor held Sunday afternoon.
Relatives, friends and fellow scouts joined Davis for the ceremony.
“Ben Davis began his career as a Cub Scout in 1999,” Scoutmaster Kirby Erickson said, saying that Davis earned the highest Cub Scout award – the Arrow of Light – in 2004. Kirby also commented on a crossover bridge Davis went over with recent Eagle recipient, Merritt Sellers, when they left Webelos Scouts and became Boy Scouts.
Describing the steps to become Eagle, Erickson said Davis earned 34 merit badges, seven more that the required 27. Positions Davis has held included that of chaplain.
“He took that job very seriously, especially for a 12-year-old,” Erickson said, saying, “Ben, Remember the last law of the scout law: reverence. You will go through good times and some not so good times; remember your duty to God.”
Besides scouting, Davis also was active at Waxahachie High School, where he graduated in 2011. He was in the band, played football and also played hockey for a while.
“It was a blessing each time we saw him in between his busy school schedule,” Erickson commented.
One of the requirements to receive the Eagle rank is a community project that benefits the community. Once a scout’s project is approved, he must plan it, including gathering materials, organizing the labor, preparing a budget and procuring the materials needed.
Davis’ project was to replace the roof on the Optimist Club pool house.
“It was more of a challenge than I thought. It was really tough pulling up that old tin roof. But we got it done,” Davis said.
After receiving the Eagle Challenge from David Allelo and Sellers, Davis received his Eagle pin from his mother, Patricia Collier, before presenting her with a Mom of an Eagle pin.
Davis then presented a mentor’s pin to family friend, Ron Donelson, a family friend.
“Ron was like a father to Ben. They did guy things and he was a good male role model for him,” Collier said.
Davis also presented a “Best Little Sister” award to his younger sister, Beth Davis.
“She has been a real inspiration to me to complete my goal,” Davis said.
“I just kept reminding him to complete his Eagle. It will be something he will be proud of all of his life,” Beth Davis said. “I’m very proud of him. He made me really happy today.”
Several leaders and friends spoke about the new Eagle Scout during the ceremony, including Jon Sellers and Stuart Stephenson, who said, “It takes a very special boy to progress through the ranks and become an Eagle. Ben is one of those special people.”
Also speaking was Collier, who said, “I am so appreciative of everyone who came here today. He has so many that helped him get here.”
Davis spoke of his scouting experience and how he learned and practiced the values of respect, loyalty and honor.
“You must have respect for others and be loyal and honor your friends, your parents and your country,” he said.
Besides his Eagle project, he said his most exciting experience in scouting was participating in a trek at Philmont Scout Ranch and attending several summer scout camps.
Davis will continue his education at the University of North Texas, where he will major in marketing.
“After I complete my education and get a job, I will return to scouting to help others get where I am today,” Davis said.