Omar Flores received his Eagle Scout Award at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 15. He is a member of Venture Crew 2087 sponsored by the Spanish Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Flores built planter boxes at the garden for the Virgin Valley Museum He is a senior at Virgin Valley High School where he is the president of JAG. Flores is a member of the band and plays trombone and trumpet. He also plays the piano and organ. He is the son of Elizabeth Delgado and Jose Flores. Following graduation in June he plans to attend college and go on a mission for his church.
Flores said, “I so enjoyed going to all the summer camps and especially Camp Kolob. I went to Maple Dell this past summer as junior staff with Troop 2087. Archery was my favorite merit badge.”
Tony Oxborrow, his first scout leader spoke about the standards that an Eagle Scout must live to be an honorable man. “Living with honor is the foundation of the Scouting program. Being honorable is the formation of good character and citizenship. The example you set, Omar, will be a credit to your home, your community, and your church.” Oxborrow said, “The first point of standard is to use your God-given agency and have the moral courage to stand for right. The second standard is honesty; honesty gives you peace of mind and self-respect. Give a full day of work for your pay.” Service is the third standard to commit yourself to do; take opportunities to serve in your home, church community and school. The fourth standard to live by is work. Work is honorable and brings a person a feeling of self-worth.”
Oxborrow advised Omar to, “Set goals for yourself, do your best in school and educate your mind. Keep learning in music but make sure you choose music carefully for music has a profound effect on the mind and spirit and behavior.”
Oxborrow also gave Flores the Eagle Charge and reminded him of his duty to God and country and his fellow scouts. “America has many good things and a great past but also a great future. It is only as good as the quality of its citizens. I charge you to lift up every task you do to the finest living and dedicated yourself to the common good, unselfish service and reverence for God. Be a guide to other scouts and an example in your community.”
His mother pinned the Eagle Badge on his uniform and Flores presented pins to his mother and father for their support on his trail to Eagle. Flores presented his mentor pins to Tony Oxborrow and Edward Ponce, his scout leaders through the years who have helped him achieve his rank. Ponce said, “Omar is a great scout, determined, hardworking and follows through on what he starts. I helped him with the paper work, but it was his self-motivation that got him to the rank of Eagle.”
Spanish Branch President David Leavitt said, “Omar didn’t want to miss the last scout summer camp so he signed up to be on the staff so he could still go with his fellow scouts. He is stalwart and I appreciate his dependability in always coming to troop meetings and helping.”
Mark Tichenor, Chairman of the Virgin River Valley BSA, presented Flores with a pocket knife engraved with “Eagle Scout” to remind him of his great accomplishment.