Eagle Scout is the highest attainable rank in Scouting and requires years of dedication and hard work. Scouts must demonstrate proficiency in leadership, service, and outdoor skills at multiple levels before achieving the Eagle rank. Fewer than two percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Badge.
On Dec. 29, Robert Blake Runyan earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Blake has been involved in Scouting since the age of five. He advanced through the ranks of Cub Scouts to earn the Arrow of Light, the highest attainable award in Cub Scouts. From there he started his Trail to Eagle.
He has been on numerous camping trips, served in various leadership positions within his troop, earned a total of 34 merit badges, and completed a major community service project.
Blake’s project was to design and build a Veteran’s Memorial in the Strong Hope Cemetery. His project took a total of 144 service hours. Blake was assisted by his family and other Scouts.
Blake is the son of Dean and Kim Runyan and the grandson of Isaac and Gloria Turner, Stan and Ann Runyan and the late Peggy Calhoun. He is a freshman at Wesson Attendance Center where he is on the honor roll and a member of the high school band. He is a member of Strong Hope Baptist Church.
A special Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held at Strong Hope Baptist Church on Saturday, March 22, at 6 p.m. Friends, family, and other Scouts are invited to attend.