Schutt first Center scout to attain Eagle rank
By Annette Tait
Cortney Schutt can honestly say he has something in common with Academy Award winning film director Steven Spielberg, astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, Microsoft Corporation Founder Bill Gates, former federal judge and FBI Director William S. Sessions, Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and a number of other equally famous people. All have earned the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America.
Cortney was recently honored at the Frontier Trails District annual banquet with the formal presentation of his Eagle Scout Award. Cortney is the first scout from Center to attain the rank of Eagle (only four percent off all scouts meet the requirements necessary to earn the distinction).
The Eagle Scout award is a performance-based achievement that requires progression through the ranks of scouting and demonstrated proficiency in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. A minimum of 21 of the possible 134 merit badges must be earned, with 13 badges specifically required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life, as well as the scout’s choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, and Environmental Science and Sustainability.
“I learned a lot about outdoors and how to survive out in the wilderness and the cold,” Cortney said. “I learned about camping and all that stuff.”
If the years in scouting and merit badge requirements weren’t already a tall order, the scout also must serve six months in a troop leadership position; plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project; take part in a Scoutmaster conference; and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.