Scout’s Honor

FREWSBURG – A pact was made almost a decade ago between four members of Boy Scout Troop 133 in Frewsburg.

On Sunday, that pact was settled. Receiving their Eagle Scout awards at the American Legion in Frewsburg were: Jacob Caldwell, Adam Carlson, Stephen Haag and Hunter Nelson.

“There are so many stories I could tell,” scoutmaster Marty Nelson said Sunday at the ceremony. “I’m so proud of all of them right now.”

Nelson, father of Hunter Nelson, said the four former Boy Scouts made a pact more than seven years ago to stick together and obtain their Eagle Scout status at the same time.

“They have all worked very hard to get here,” he said. “There are so many things I could say about them, and so many stories to tell.”

Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards was the guest speaker and encouraged the Eagle Scouts to carry on their proud, and rare, tradition. As was noted by Nelson, only 2 percent of all Boy Scouts go on to become an Eagle Scout.

A certificate from state Sen. Cathy Young, R-C-I Olean, also was presented to the scouts. Young could not attend Sunday’s ceremony.

After taking their Eagle Scout charge, the four were presented with their awards and medal. Nelson gave his son an emotional hug after he presented him with his Eagle Scout medal.

“It’s been great growing up with these guys,” Hunter Nelson said.

Added Haag, “We have been through quite a bit together.”

According to the Boy Scouts of America, 57,976 scouts earned their Eagle rank in 2012, more than any previous year. In all, more than 2 million Boy Scouts have obtained the highest rank in the organization since 1912.