Connor Chase Wilson received his Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor. He is a member of Troop 2082 sponsored by the Mesquite 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His Eagle project was installing a new flag pole, light and scoreboard at the Virgin Valley High School baseball fields. He is a student at Hughes Middle School and is the son of Jaydell and Marshelle Wilson.
Connor’s Dad, Jaydell, said, “Being an Eagle Scout is more than rank advancement, it is about internalizing the 12 points of the scout law – Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. The Eagle badge is a symbol of responsibility – the white reminds you to live with honor; the blue is for loyalty to your family and loyalty to your ideals by being a good example; the red is for courage to stand up for yourself and your family. Love should characterize your actions – in other words, show kindness.” Wilson quoted James E. Faust’s story of a young man who kept a diary and at the end of entries he would write G.T.
Wilson continued, “When the son grew up, he presented the diary to his father who said, ’That was the finest gift a son could give a father!’ G.T. stood for good turn daily, the slogan of the BSA.” Wilson challenged Connor to express gratitude for others and to be prepared for life, for disaster, for work and to help lift others to a better way of living.”
Evan Wilson, grandfather, gave Connor the Eagle Charge, saying, “Becoming an Eagle is not a reward for your accomplishment, it is a qualification to enter a fellowship of those who have pledged themselves to the service of others. You leaned these skills so that you could put them to use in the service of others. I charge you to do your duty to God with diligence and to strive to keep all the promises you have made and come unto Christ continually until you can truly say that you always remember Him. I charge you to be loyal to the principles of freedom, civility, tolerance, justice and the rule of law. Be brave and defend for these principles when they are threatened. Make the promise of “liberty and justice for all people” ring true. I charge you to continue to do a good turn daily. Many will pass by the hungry, needy and sick and not notice them, but I charge you to notice them and help and serve them. I charge you to so live that you may be and effective instrument in the hands of God in the service of your country and others. Stay active; Stay curious; Stay honest; Stay humble.”
Brian Haviland, Chairman of Virgin River Valley BSA, formed the Eagle’s nest by inviting all the Eagle Scouts in the audience to come forward and sit together. Haviland presented Connor with a pocket knife engraved with “Eagle Scout.” Roger Murdock, grandfather, presented the Eagle badge to Connor’s mother to pin on his scout uniform and Connor presented pins to his mother and father for their help in attaining the rank of Eagle and he also presented his mentor pin to his father for helping him with his Eagle Project and encouraging him along the trail to Eagle. Connor thanked Dylan and Britton for helping him with his project and said how much he wished Britton could be at the Court of Honor; Connor follows in the footsteps of his two older brothers who are Eagle Scouts.