Tanner Rumell Reber, member of Troop 2042 sponsored by the Littlefield Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received his Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor.
His project was repainting the helipad at the Beaver Dam Fire Station, to help the Mercy Ambulance Crew to pick up patients who need transport to a hospital. He earned 32 merit badges going beyond the requirements of 21 for Eagle Scout. His favorite merit badge was photography.
He graduated from Beaver Dam High School, where is was a member of the football and wrestling teams. He is the son of Trent and Jenny Reber.
Pres. David Anderson, Stake Pres. Of the Mesquite Nevada Stake, expressed his appreciation for the organization of the Boy Scouts in teaching young men the great principles of doing a good turn, being prepared, being honest, teaching skills of the outdoors and living in nature. While serving on an Eagle Board of Review he often asked the eagle candidate to define character.
An answer he got was “doing the right thing when nobody is looking.” Another said, “It is moral discipline; doing the right thing because it is the right.” One answered that he was now “mature and had made it! – which is not quite right,” Anderson said. He then asked, “What does mature mean? It is the ability to wait for something you want now; put off for a season what you think you need.” Anderson said, “There is evidence Tanner of your ability to work hard and put off what you want right now. This is evidenced by your going above and beyond the required 21 merit badges and earning 11 additional merit badges.”
Trent Reber, Tanner’s father, gave him the Eagle Scout Charge challenging him to live with honor as it is the foundation of all character and is the first point of the scout law. Reber continued, “Live with loyalty and be true to family, friends and brother scouts and carry your share of the load. Be courageous, be brave not only in danger but stand for the right and look and seek your share of the world’s work. Be cheerful and always wear a smile.Be of service and give a helping hand to those who are toiling upward on the trail to Eagle. Do your good turn each day. The Eagle is a protector of the weak and helpless – therefore, always uphold the rights of others. Remember to always be prepared, and let the scout oath and law be a guide for tomorrow and onward. The eagle badge represents teamwork and years of hard persistence. There are obligations with becoming an Eagle – standing by your promises.”
Reber concluded with, “I was grateful to be with you on summer camps and overnighters and I have watched how you hep the younger boys in a friendly manner. I have watched you be a great example of willing service to your fellow scouts. “
Brian Haviland, District Chairman of BSA, formed the Eagle’s nest by inviting all the Eagle Scouts in the audience to come forward and sit together. Reber’s father presented him with the Eagle Badge and pins for his mother and father. Reber presented the mentor pin to Dan Reber, his grandfather, for his help and encouragement along the trail to Eagle Scout. Tanner received a pocket knife engraved with ‘Eagle Scout’ from the Virgin River District. Josh Tietjen served as Reber’s escort to the Eagle’s nest.