Thursday, August 14, 2014
Robert and Jeremy Green are used to doing things together, often including one of their best friends, Grant Smith, in their activities.
So it is fitting in a way that the trio chose the same weekend for their Courts of Honor to advance to the rank of Eagle Scout
On Aug. 9, Robbie pinned his younger brother and Jeremy returned the compliment at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.
The next day, Grant’s father, Dennis, himself an Eagle Scout, presented his son with the highest rank in scouting.
Each of the trio – the 35th, 36th and 37th Eagle Scouts to come out of Troop 396 at Belin under the leadership of Scoutmaster Gary Mocarski, completed a service project that likely will continue to benefit the area.
Smith replaced the planters on the Marsh Walk and added them to the Jetty View Walk; Jeremy Green updated the dock area at Brookgreen Gardens and Robbie Green built falcon boxes at the national wildlife refuge in Conway.
All three say that the projects were a learning experience.
“I can laugh about it now, but there were times when I wasn’t laughing,” said Jeremy Green, who expended 1,022 and a half hours on his project.
“Jim Graham earned his mentor pin,” said Smith during his speech. Graham taught Smith how to design and build the planters.
The Greens also credited their mother, Elizabeth, a nurse, with making sure they were on target.
“She introduced us to volunteers who helped fix up the Scouts with their project mentors. But in a way, the Greens were each other’s mentors.
Robbie, who completed his project more than a year ago, put off his Eagle Court of Honor until Jeremy completed his requirements.
“My grandparents are getting on in years and it is a bit hard for them to come down from Oriental, N.C. This way, they make one trip instead of two,” he said.
It’s obvious that Judy and Frank Maness have pride and affection for their grandsons. Judy Maness wiped away tears as she and Frank were awarded pins that go to family members of the Scouts.
Smith, too, credited his family for helping him through the process of becoming an Eagle. His older brother, Gregory Smith, also holds the rank.
“There will be changes in your resume as you go through life,” he said in his charge to his younger brother. “But the one thing that will remain constant are the words Eagle Scout.”
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