An Eagle Scout among us

Congratulations to announce that 9th grader, Bram Lovelace, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. 


He has been a member of Boy Scout troop 451 in Durham for four years, and Cub Scout pack 495 for two years before that.  Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  Only a small percentage of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill, and include earning at least 23 merit badges, including twelve that teach fundamental life skills like Citizenship in the World, Communication, and Personal Fitness.  Bram has earned a total of 46 merit badges, including Engineering, Robotics, Weather, Cinematography, and Space Exploration, as well as four STEM related Boy Scout Nova awards.  An Eagle Scout also has to serve in a leadership role within his troop, learn a large number of outdoor and safety skills, and participate in camping and service activities with his troop.  Bram attended a National Jamboree in West Virginia in 2013, and has been on a variety of other campouts.  The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.  Bram's Eagle Project was building a trebuchet for Durham's South Regional library to use in its teen program.  Bram will be awarded a patch and medal at a special Court of Honor ceremony, time and location TBD.  The attached picture shows Bram with his scoutmaster, Jim Salamon.