Cooper Tait Parsons, a member of Venture Crew 2596 sponsored by the Mesquite 5th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was awarded his Eagle Scout Rank at a court of Honor on Sunday, Sept. 13. His Eagle Project was erecting a flag pole at the Winslow, AZ little league baseball field in honor of his friend who was killed while playing ball there. Parsons awarded Eagle Scout Rank-09-22-15

Parsons graduated from Pine View High School and is attending Dixie State University.  He is the son of Kristi Tausinga and Daniel Parsons. His favorite merit badges were canoeing, cooking and fishing.

Ryan Toone, scoutmaster of Troop 2998, spoke and said, “Reaching the rank of Eagle Scout is not the main goal of scouting.  The main part of scouting is helping boys build good character by internalizing the 12 points of the scout law – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Scouting is also about helping the boys learn about the outdoors and how to make friends.  The road to Eagle Scout is long and hard and only about 7 percent of the boys who start on the trail reach the rank of Eagle. The Eagle Scout who travels this road makes it easier for others to follow.

Scouts learn self-reliance, integrity and learn to do the right thing. An Eagle Scout is respected for his contributions to the community.  An Eagle Scout has an obligation now to teach and share his knowledge with others. The rank of Eagle Scout is a prestigious award but it is not the end, but the beginning to now go forth and have a greater capacity to serve God and his community and his fellow scouts.”

Kai Davis, Chartered Organization Representative, gave Cooper the Eagle Charge.  He challenged him and stated, “You have an obligation to God and country and your fellow scouts to lead only to the best and lift up every task you do to the highest possible. America is a wonderful place but it is only as strong as the quality of its citizens.  I charge you to clean living and honest work and unselfish service, and reverence for God.”

Mr. Davis presented the Eagle badge and pins to Cooper.  Kristi, his mother, pinned the Eagle Ribbon on Cooper.  Cooper was presented with a pocketknife engraved with the words “Eagle Scout” as a reminder of his achievement.  This was a gift from the Virgin River Valley BSA.