Cooper Hughes, Koden Tietjen, and Ethan Woods received the Eagle Scout Award at a court of honor for Troop 2082 sponsored by the Mesquite 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their Eagle Projects involved putting in additional lighting in the parking lot of the Littlefield LDS church. Cooper did the trench work, Koden did the electrical part and Ethan installed the poles. Cooper, a freshman at Virgin Valley High School and member of football, basketball and golf teams, earned 22 merit badges; his favorite was horsemanship. He is the son of Wade Hughes and Jenny Hughes. Koden, a sophomore at VVHS and member the basketball and football team, completed 24 merit badges of which camping was his favorite. He is the son of Heather and Josh Tietjen. Ethan, a freshman at VVHS and member of the wrestling team, earned 23 merit badges and wilderness survival was his favorite. He is the son of Chrissy Sells and Jeremy Woods.
Brian Haviland, chairman of Virgin River Valley BSA, opened the National Boy Scout Court of Honor and formed the Eagle’s nest by asking those in attendance who are Eagle Scouts to come and sit together.
Dan Wright spoke about the leadership, service, honor and respect that scouts learn on their trail to Eagle. He quoted Pres. Thomas S. Monson who said, “There is truth in choosing.” A scout was asked what scouting had done for him and the boy replied, ‘It keeps me doing things I should do and it keeps me from doing the things I should not do.” Wright said it is easy to think scouting is just about doing merit badges but there is more to scouting – it is leaders, while taking scouts on hikes and camp-outs, who find moments that can lead to reflections on choices, make insightful conclusions and thus teach and by so doing build character in young men.
Blue Lee, scout leader, gave them the Eagle Charge saying, “I ask you to reaffirm your commitment to the scout law with an increased meaning. This is not the end, but the beginning; not a reward but a qualification; not the end of a road but the beginning of a life of service as an Eagle Scout. Keep the trust placed in you by this rank and reflect the principles of scouting with diligence, remembering your duty to God. I charge you to do your duty to your country; be loyal to the principles of freedom, civility, and the rule of law. Stand against injustice, intolerance, and bigotry. Help and serve those around you paying special attention to those who most need your help – those that n
are weaker, smaller, less popular or poorer than you. Continue doing a good turn daily. Use your skills and knowledge to help others. I charge you to live the outdoor code to preserve the wonders of nature; for the earth is God’s own work. Find God in His creations, for they testify of Him. Be prepared to help others, be of service to country and be honest and humble, always remembering the 12 points of the scout law.
Randy Laub, scoutmaster, presented the awards and had the mothers pin the eagle ribbon on their sons. Cooper, Koden, and Ethan presented their parents with pins in gratitude for their help in achieving the rank of eagle. Mentor pins were presented as follows: Koden gave it to his father, Ethan to his father and Cooper to his grandfather, Kelby Hughes. All three were presented with pocket knives engraved with’ Eagle Scout’ by the Virgin River Valley BSA.