HOLT, Fla., May 15, 2018–Holt’s Boy Scout Troop 532 has a new Eagle Scout.
Aaryn Cooper, 17, was given the Eagle Scout Charge during a Court of Honor held at the First Baptist Church of Holt Monday.
Cooper passed his Eagle Board of Review in June 2017 and was presented his Eagle metal and pocket patch for his uniform on Scout Sunday Feb. 11.
One of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout includes earning at least 21 merit badges. Cooper wore 38 badges during the ceremony.
For his Eagle Scout leadership project, he lead his troop in the construction of raised garden beds for the Holt Community Food Pantry.
During the Court of Honor, Cooper was presented with his Eagle Scout neckerchief and slide, certificate, wallet card and lapel pin.
He was also awarded three palms–bronze, gold and silver. Each palm requires a minimum of five merit badges in addition to the 21 required to meet the Scout Board of Review for Eagle.
During the ceremony, Cooper presented his mother with a “mom” pin.
“I’ve been waiting for this pin for 12 years,” said Cooper’s mother, Natalie Chandler.
Cooper began his Scouting career in 2006 as a Cub Scout and earned the Arrow of Light Award. He crossed over into the Boy Scouts in 2011.
Cooper thanked a number of mentors who helped along his journey to Eagle Scout, including his mother and his grandfather, Scoutmaster Max Cooper.
Raymonda “Rae” Schwartz, unit commissioner, called Cooper’s achievement “well deserved, well earned.”
“I’ve watched this young man grow up and overcome the challenges and accept the responsibilities that come with his position, and keep his sense of humor and the spark he started out with as a Cub Scout,” Schwartz said.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this young man you’ve grown into and I can’t wait to see what you do next,” she said, speaking directly to Cooper.
Cooper was quick to give credit to his troop.
“It’s not just about me,” he said. “It’s about these guys here supporting me.”
Cooper is a Brotherhood Member of the Yustaga Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. He’s also a junior volunteer firefigher with the Holt Fire District.