Stratton Waite received his Eagle Scout Award at a court of honor. He is a member of Troop 2041 sponsored by the Bunkerville First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For his Eagle project he cleaned out the shed and replaced the shed door at the Bunkerville Cemetery. He placed a granite marker with the rules and the QR code that allows anyone to see the plots in the cemetery and locate the graves of their loved ones. His favorite merit badge was personal fitness but he also liked cooking and shooting. He went to Maple Dale and Camp Kolob for summer camps. He is a freshman at Virgin Valley High School and is on the football, basketball and baseball teams. He is the son of Stephen and Emily Waite.
Brian Haviland, district chairman of Virgin River Valley BSA, formed the Eagle’s nest by inviting Stratton’s father, uncles and cousins who are all Eagle Scout to come forward. He asked Statton and the other young men to look to these Eagles for their example and leadership.
David Waite, an uncle, gave Statton the Eagle Charge, “This is the end of your rank advancement in Boy Scout but it the beginning of a life of service as an Eagle Scout. I charge you to do your duty to God with diligence and to do your duty to your country with the loyalty and courage you were taught as a scout. Use your skills and knowledge to help other people at all time and continue to do a good turn daily. I charge you to live the outdoor code and see the earth as God’s own work for us to carefully preserve. I charge you to be prepared to help others, to love God and serve your country. “
Emily, his mother, pinned the Eagle Ribbon and emblem on his shirt and Stratton presented pins to his parents for their help along the trail to Eagle. Stratton presented his mentor pin to McKay Magoon, his scoutmaster for his help with his project. Haviland presented Stratton with a pocket knife engrave with ‘Eagle Scout.’