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Troop 778 Celebrates New Eagles: Collin Kinman
June 17, 2017
On Sunday, June 11, 2017 Boy Scout Troop 778 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize three new Eagle Scouts: Collin Kinman, Jaken Thomas and Drake Morgan.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. It is quite an accomplishment considering that the Boy Scouts of America reports that only about 7% of young men who enter the Scouting program attain Eagle.
To attain the Eagle Scout rank a Scout must work his way through the first five ranks by learning skills such as camping, first aid, and personal fitness. He must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, provide leadership to his troop, and plan and execute a community service project.
Additionally on the way to Eagle, a Scout has other opportunities for leadership and service. He can deepen his faith by earning his religious award. He may be called to join the Tribe of Mic-O-Say honor camping program or the Order of the Arrow national honor society.
All of this hard work preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Collin was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 19, 2000. He is the middle child of three born to Rick and Mindy. Collin started school at Greenwood Elementary in Greenwood. At the beginning of sixth grade he changed schools to Hazel Grove Elementary in Lee’s Summit. He then went on to Bernard Campbell Middle School and now attends Lee’s Summit North High School. Collin is a participant in the JROTC program where he is on the Raider Team and the Drill Team. This year he became a Physical Training Officer in Charge. He was the recipient of the Military order of the Purple Heart National Leadership Award for exemplary leadership demonstrated while enrolled in a Junior Reserve Officer’s Training course. He also received an Outstanding Achievement Letter Award from the school for his participation in JROTC.
Collin started Scouting in the second grade with Cub Scout Pack 262, until the fourth grade when he switched to Pack 778. From there he has advanced through all this ranks to his current rank of Eagle Scout. For the past five years he attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation and will return for his sixth time this year. He has attained the rank of Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and is known as Son of Many Horses of Rolling Thunder. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow. Over the years Collin has served as Senior Patrol leader twice, Patrol Leader several times and Assistant Patrol Leader.
Collin’s Eagle Project was to make the Masonic Lodge more welcoming and to enhance its surroundings. The purpose of this project was to work on the landscape around the building. This consisted of removing old rock, pulling up weeds, trimming trees, raking leaves and laying down mulch.
Collin plans to continue in Scouting, furthering his education after high school and is considering serving his country. Collin would like to thank his parents, as well as all the leaders, especially Eric Atchison and his Grandpa Mosburg. These significant people have invested their time and energy to help Collin in his quest to obtain his rank of Eagle.
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