Jared Memmott and Daxon Toone of Varsity Crew 998 sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received their Eagle Scout Awards at a ceremony at the Heritage Park on Oct. 10. Toone built a planter box at the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum to grow cotton plants. Memmott added decorative rock to the fire pit at the Heritage Park to make it safer to use.
Both are freshmen at Virgin Valley High School. Memmott is in football, basketball and on the swim team. Toone is in the band and on the soccer, basketball and baseball teams. Memmott earned 40 merit badges and he is the son of Christine and Kyle Memmott. Toone earned 49 merit badges and is the son of Kena and Ryan Toone.
Only 21 merit badges are required for the Eagle so they will soon be eligible to receive some Eagle Palms. Both scouts earned the 50 miler award, the Historic Trails Award, Thomas S. Monson Award, Liahona Award, the mile swim, and the Arrow of Light.
Greg Toone, Daxon’s grandfather, said, “Receiving the Eagle Scout award is not the end of the trail. Go forth now and visualize what you can do, you have a foundation and base of principles of good character and skills and interests – now go forth knowing that you have accomplished hard things and you can now practice solving more hard things and look for the needs of others. I charge you to go forward to continue to do a good turn daily, to be true to yourself and remember the scout law and oath daily. “
Richard Israelson, their scout leader, gave them the charge, “You have a solemn duty to your fellow scouts to bring honor to yourself and your brother scouts, to your country and to God. America has many good things, but it depends on the quality of its citizens. America has a great past and you can make the future greater by being good citizens. Lift up every task to a high level of service and so live and serve that others will be inspired to the finest living. I challenge you to dedicate yourself to the common good and build America on unselfish service and reverence for God leaving a trail that other scouts will be justly proud to follow. “
Daxon’s father, Ryan Toone, said, “”Scouting has given Daxon and Jared the opportunity to learn important values and gain skills they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. They have been on 50 mile hikes, completed a mile swim, learned about many different careers, and made a lot of friends. Reaching this milestone will help them know that they can accomplish great things in the future.”
Kyle Memmott, father of Jared, was their scoutmaster through their years of advancing and he said, “We are very proud of Jared for his hard work over the years and his desire to become an Eagle Scout. He is what an Eagle Scout should be.”
Toone presented his mentor pin to his Grandfather, Greg Toone, for his encouragement in reaching his goal of Eagle Scout. Memmott presented his mentor pin to Richard Israelson who helped him on his project.
Toone and Memmott were presented with pocketknives engraved with the words “Eagle Scout” by the Virgin Valley Boy Scouts of America.