Scouts in the News
- - Three Boy Scouts used training to evacuate selves, family
Three Boy Scouts were able to safely evacuate their home thanks to training they received from the Forsyth County Fire Department.
The Boy Scouts were recognized with a "Good Citizen Award" April 18 for safely evacuating a house that caught fire.
- - An ordinary day at Havre High School turned life-threatening for one student, but luckily for him, a friend nearby was ready to save the day.
Kade Lanier and Franklin Walter were eating their school lunches April 17 when Franklin started choking on a bite of egg roll, Kade, a junior, quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver on him and cleared his airway.
“I just saw Frankie going like this,” said Kade mimicking the choking sound a person makes when their airway is completely obstructed, “and I went behind him and did the Heimlich, and the food popped out.”
- - News Staff Reporter
In just two months as a member of Cub Pack No. 139 of the Boy Scouts of America, 6-year-old DeMaris Scarver has learned to become a better listener and sharpened his ability to take instructions – all of which helped him save his mother’s life.
Honing those skills would benefit anyone, but they are vitally important for the King Center Charter School second-grader because his mother, Dinesha Scarver, suffers from Type I – or insulin-dependent – diabetes.
DeMaris was only 3 when he was first taught to be alert to his mother exhibiting extreme symptoms of disease. He’s particularly attentive when she becomes incoherent and perspires profusely, signs that there are problems with her blood-sugar level.
- - AUSTIN -- A 10-year-old Boy Scout will be honored by the Austin Police Department for helping save a man's life.
Police say they received a check welfare call around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9. A man living in the Fairway Village Apartments on Fairway Street needed help and called 911.
Police say Hunter Aguilar was in Austin visiting his family when he heard the man's whistle blows. Hunter recognized the whistle blows as distress calls, thanks to his training in the Boy Scouts. Hunter then got the attention of his father.
- - Boy Scout William Aguayo, a member of Troop 112, received Scouting's Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, an award given to a Scout for "their heroism or risking their life to save someone else."
William was recognized on Feb. 25 for saving his younger brother, Romeo, from drowning while they were boogie boarding in the Pacific Ocean last summer on a family trip to Ecuador.
- - Civic leaders from throughout East Tennessee will gather Thursday night to honor Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, at the Boy Scout's annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner.
At the event, a Knoxville elementary student will also be recognized with the scout's Heroism Award.
The fourth grader attends West Haven Elementary School and like many kids his age, he enjoys the outdoors. He's also a cub scout.
The boy's mother says it was her son's scout training that helped keep her alive last fall.
- - Fifteen-year-old Brian Boatright is glad he can be humble about being a hero. Boatright, a Windermere resident who just went through midterms at Bishop Moore High School, was faced with a life-or-death situation on a June trip with his fellow Scouts up a steep New Mexico mountain nicknamed “Big Red.” One of their troop leaders, Ric Cooper, collapsed without warning some 11,000 feet up the hike. According to Boatright, the boys knew it was bad when Cooper’s eyes rolled back into his head.
“Instead of standing around hoping for the best, I decided to take off running, “Boatright said.
- - Adam Sekula loves to play his guitar and his drums and listen to the Beatles — John Lennon is his favorite, and he loves his dog, Maxine.
The 16-year-old is not so fond of doing chores around the house or tackling his homework.
What sets Adam apart from other teens his age are his accomplishments as a Boy Scout.
The Lincoln-Way East High School sophomore recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, earning 63 merit badges, proudly displayed on a sash across his chest.
A 64th badge is in the works.
“He knows he has Down syndrome, and he understands he’s different,” Marlene Sekula said of her only child. But she said that has never stopped her son from accomplishing what he has set out to do.
- - A third-grader Cooper Corbo will receive the Boy Scouts of America’s Medal of Merit award Wednesday for saving a toddler from danger.
The Medal of Merit is awarded to a youth who has performed an outstanding act of service that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
Last August, while playing in his neighborhood, seven-year-old Cooper found a toddler standing on a chair and leaning out of a screen-less window 15 feet above a cement driveway. Corbo talked the little boy away from the window and asked if anyone was home with him.
- - St. Louis, MO. (KTVI) – 14-year-old Ethan Lawson is a Boy Scout looking to make a difference and earn his Eagle Scout badge. It’s the highest honor given to a scout. The 8th grader from troy spent the last month organizing and leading 80 volunteers to reach his goal. The result turned out to be 271 knot blankets all made by hand to give to kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Lawson says his own experience in the hospital was his inspiration.