POMEROY — On Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1912, a 16-year-old boy scout of Troop 1 in Oceanside, N.Y. received a letter from the then Chief Scout Executive, James E. West, that he was to receive the very first Eagle Scout Award in the quite new history of the Boy Scouts of America.
His name was Arthur Rose Eldred and his son, Bill, would continue the legacy earning his Eagle in 1944.
This is the centennial year of that first Eagle event. Statistic reveal that only two out of 100 scouts ever complete the Eagle trail and earn scouting’s highest rank.
Thursday, July 5, 2012, marked the presentation of three new Eagle Scouts at Trinity Congregational Church. The three young men are the first recipients from Troop 235 since 1985.
The three receiving the Eagle award were Marshall Stephen Aanestad, Shannon Michael Brown, and Ethan Jacob Nottingham, all students of Eastern High School.
Aanestad and Nottingham will be seniors there this fall. Brown recently graduated and will be attending Ohio University this fall.
Erik Aanestad, scoutmaster and a former Eagle Scout (1977) officiated the ceremony attended by more than a hundred family members and guests. Mark Morris, Air Force Lt. Col. Ret., graduate of Meigs High School and a former Eagle Scout (1975), was the speaker emeritus. Pastor Tom Johnson, troop chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction.
Aanestad and Nottingham joined the troop when it was reactivated in 2005 and Brown joined in 2008. All three attended the national jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia where the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America was celebrated.
Marshall will return to the 2013 National Jamboree as junior assistant scoutmaster at the Bechtal Family High Adventure Camp called “The Summit” near Beckley, W.Va.
Both Aanestad and Nottingham have been American Legion Buckeye Boy’s State delegates. Brown in 2011 participated in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Aanestad and Nottingham will continue in scouting to their 18th birthday working on Eagle Palms.