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Brothers earn Eagle Scout rank

(L to R) Dylan Hudson and Tyler Hudson earned top rank of Eagle Scouts and were celebrated this past weekend in a ceremony held at First Baptist Church in Walterboro.

Tyler Hudson and Dylan Hudson have shared many experiences over their lives as the two teenagers are brothers. They are the sons of Thomas and Kelly Hudson. Tyler is a Junior at Colleton County High School, and Dylan is a Freshman. Their most recent accomplishment will likely remain a high point in their memory for the rest of their lives as they earned the top rank in scouts and can now call themselves Eagle Scouts. The Eagle Scout Rank is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program of the Boy Scouts of America. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of “Eagle Scout” is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Requirements include earning several merit badges and demonstrating Scout spirit, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Both Eagle Scouts are part of Troop 686 lead by Blaine Colson and are being recognized in their own Eagle Court of Honor.
This past weekend’s ceremony was unique as they were recognized for their accomplishments together. Tyler, 16, and Dylan, 14, entered the scouting program just four years ago when their father suggested the program to them. The boys credit their dad for not letting them miss any meetings and always getting them to available camps, allowing them to maximize their time, earning them the top honor so quickly. Dylan plans on trying to earn Palm pins, which is where an Eagle can continue to earn additional merit badges while Tyler wants to focus more on helping the remaining boys in their Troop earn the top honor. They both admit the road to Eagle Scout was not an easy one. Each had their struggles with task they needed to complete and many times felt defeated, but with the help of their Troop leader and father they kept their eye on the prize. “Once we started Boy Scouts, we knew we were not going to quit before reaching Eagle. At times it was difficult especially when we were at a camp and were around some other scouts that didn’t want to be there or who didn’t care if they earned their badge for the week,” said Tyler. The brothers used each other’s successes to keep them motivated. “I only signed up at first because Dad said I had to, but I ended up loving it,” admitted Dylan. Earning top honors and knowing that is something that can never be taken away from them made all of the work worth it. The leadership skills and overall life skills the two have earned will play a major role in the rest of their lives.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is quite an accomplishment. Of any 100 boys who become Scouts, it must be confessed that 30 will drop out in their first year. Of the 100, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of the 100 will be from families who have no religious affiliation. Through Scouting, these 12 and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church, synagogue, or mosque, and will continue to be active all their lives. Six of the 100 will enter the ministry. Each of the 100 will learn something from Scouting. Almost all will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of their lives. Many will serve in the military and varying degrees profit from their Scout training. At least one will use it to save another person’s life, and many will credit it with saving their own. Five of the 100 will reach the rank of Eagle, and at least one will later say that he values his Eagle badge above his college degree. Many will find their future vocation through merit-badge work and Scouting contacts. Seventeen of the 100 boys will later become Scout leaders and will give leadership to thousands of additional boys. One in four boys in America will become a Scout, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders of this nation in business, religion, and politics, three out of four were Scouts.

Christie Slocum (555 Posts)