Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew and chartered by the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), conducted their Court of Honor at the local bowery on Wednesday evening, May 2.
This was their first court of honor this year and many awards were given including two Eagle rank advancements. Participants from left to right: first row K C Broadhead, Hunter Davis, Cameron Winn, and Ian Watkins. Second row Christian Cox, Leif Lofgren, Zach Kane (Eagle recipient), Cody Standing (Eagle recipient), and D J Bigelow.
Not in the picture are Travis Forsyth, Charles Kane, Joshua Malan, Tyler Moake, Tanner Castro, Ethan Hipwell and Tyler Trantham. Eighteen rank advancements and 10 merit badges were presented including “The World Conservation,” “Winter Campout” and “Historical Trail” award patches. Kellie Webster, an assistant Scout Master for the 11 year old Scouts, was presented the “On My Honor” Adult Religious Award by Bishop Lane. There were many noteworthy highlights of the evening bonfire ceremony.
A live eagle demonstration and informative history of our nation’s symbol was presented by Jenna Chingrin of the Hogle Zoo using “Liberty,” one of their bald eagles. Opening and closing prayers were offered by the Eagle recipients’ grandmothers: Dale Hicks, grandmother of Zach Kane and Helen Smedley, grandmother of Cody Standing.
After the Eagle presentation, 12 family members and scout leaders for Zach and Cody told how these young Eagle recipients lived the 12 points of the Scout Law. This was a very unique, meaningful and revealing presentation for everyone to learn more about Zach and Cody. Charles Kane, younger brother of Zach, conducted the flag ceremonies. Kenny Hicks, Zach’s uncle and an Eagle Scout, conducted the Eagle Pledge.
The Scout Master’s Minute was presented by Andre Malan, Zach’s Crew Advisor. At the end of the Court of Honor, a final flag-retirement ceremony for damaged American flags was conducted by Carl Hipwell, Scout Master. Each flag burned was in honor of a Utah fallen military hero in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. “Taps” was then played on his battle-worn bugle by a member of the bishopric, Scott Cardon.
A very spiritual conclusion for a well attended court of honor ceremony for our deserving Boy Scouts!