Eagle Scout Court of Honor

eaglemdlCongratulations to John E. Beeson for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.  His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Saint Stephen the Martyr Church and was attended by his family, fellow scouts, friends, and members of his church, Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church.  Pastor Nancy Davis gave the Invocation and Benediction.  Youth Ministries Coordinator, Jenny Louis, was the Guest Speaker and told about the Beeson’s commitment to family, strong faith, John’s work-ethic, and his sense of humor.

 About the Eagle Scout Rank

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.  Since 1912 more than two million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank.  In the words of the Eagle Scout Promise, Eagles do their best each day to make their training an example, their rank and their influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in their troop, in their community, and in their contacts with other people.  To this they pledge their sacred honor.

Eagle Scout Project

John and Boy Scout Troop 494 completed his Eagle Scout project on April 5th, 2014 at Camp Fontanelle.  They worked to assemble and paint 7 picnic tables and cleared branches and brush from the area under the zip lines. Overall, 39 participants put in around 180 hours of work, including John’s research and planning.  John  picked Camp Fontanelle as the beneficiary of his project because the camp means a lot to his family and our church.  He also wanted to share the camp with his fellow scouts, many of which had never been there.  The project was highlighted by an end of day trip down the zip line.

John received generous funding from the Knights of Columbus- St. Stephen’s Chapter and lumber donation from Chicago Lumber.  His fundraiser at EHUMC raised the remaining funds needed to complete the project.  The March 9th brunch raised $1200 which exceeded his funding needs.  All extra funds were donated to EHUMC and to Camp Fontanelle.  Thank you again for all the support.

Boy Scout PromiseIMG_0959

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Eagle Scout Promise

I reaffirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath.  I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself the obligations and responsibilities of an Eagle Scout.  On my honor, I will do my best, to make my training and example, my rank and influence count strongly for better scouting and for better citizenship in my troop, and community and in my contacts with other people.  To this I pledge my sacred oath.


IMG_0958John and his family thank God, relatives, friends, teachers, fellow scouts and leaders for helping him on the path to Eagle.   “Who’s the best troop:  494!!”

Thanks to the many members of Elkhorn Hills UMC for their service during the Court of Honor and the reception at the Parish Center.  The beautiful, delicious cakes were baked, decorated and served by Kim Jirgenson, the punch was served by Jan Heliker and Lori Hullinger.

One Comment

  1. Congratulations John……this is an honor that will be with you the rest of your life.
    I am retired now, but when I was in the the work force, working for a major corporation, we received a memo from the CEO, it basically said…. “If [ you ] ever get a job application from an Eagle Scout, hire him on the spot, we will find a place for him.” People everywhere recognize the work and effort you have put into this endeavor..

    C. Campbell

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