Two Boy Scouts from Troop 340 recently received their Eagle Scout Awards in a double-Eagle ceremony held at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Both boys are students at Trinity Christian School.
Gunther Griffin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan and Marlynn Griffin, is a 10th-grader, and Jonathan Wagner, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Robert Wagner, is a ninth-grader.
Scoutmaster David Fowler leads Troop 340, originally sponsored by Statesboro First Baptist Church and currently sponsored by Statesboro New Covenant Church.
Achieving the Eagle rank takes much dedication and hard work. Boys spend numerous hours earning merit badges, participating in various camps and service projects and completing an Eagle project.
Griffin, whose project consisted of deconstructing and rebuilding Trinity Presbyterian Church’s large barbecue pit, said, “Scouting has given me a sense of achievement as I progressed through the ranks of scouting and given a purpose to activities I already enjoyed doing, such as backpacking, canoeing, and physical activity, like running.”
Griffin also said he especially enjoyed Scout camping trips, fondly recalling a canoeing and camping trip on the Altamaha River.
Wagner completed a project for Ogeechee Area Hospice, where he repaired and repainted its sign and fountain. He also enjoyed camping with his fellow scouts.
“Scouting taught me many life skills,” Wagner said, “from tying knots to leading or serving. I had really good leaders who taught me both good character skills and valuable life skills. I heard my mom say before that she is very glad I’m in Scouts because it makes her feel like I am safer and better equipped in both outdoor activities and in society.”
During the ceremony, the boys presented pins to their parents for their help and support, and each awarded a mentor pin to someone other than their parents who have helped them along the way in achieving the Eagle rank. Griffin awarded his mentor pin to his grandfather, Mr. Robert Johnson, and Wagner awarded his mentor pin to Scoutmaster David Fowler.