Soaring Eagles

New Eagle Scouts Cole Herrmann and Blake Melton, both of Hoyleton, with Troop 127 ASM Chuck Newby.

Two Troop 127 Boy Scouts Attain Scouting’s Top Rank

Cole Herrmann and Blake Melton, both from Hoyleton, each advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout at a recent Court of Honor Ceremony held at The Studio in Nashville.

The Scouting Journey begins for most Scouts at the Cub Scout Level (1st thru 5th Grade), and continues into The Boy Scouts (ages 11 thru 17).

Only about 5% of all boys who enter the Scouting Program, will continue and meet the rigorous demands to ultimately attain their Eagle Rank.

In addition to completing the required Merit Badges and other proficiency requirements, both Cole and Blake were required to organize and manage a Community Service Project.

Cole organized a fund raising effort that ultimately acquired $13,000 in funds to purchase materials for the construction of a new Gazebo in the Hoyleton Village Park.

Cole was responsible for supervising the construction of the Gazebo by resourcing other scouts and community volunteers to provide the labor for the Gazebo Construction.

Blake also was responsible for fund raising and resourcing the materials and labor for his Service Project, which oversaw the restoration and resetting of three Flag Poles at his Church (Greenview Christian in Centralia).

Former Scout Master Chuck Newby officiated the Court of Honor.

Both Cole and Blake started Scouting toward the end of the late Scout Master Bob Schaltenbrand’s service to Nashville Troop 127.

Chuck Newby served as Scout Master for both Cole and Blake, and along with Assistant Scout Master Tim Chambers, helped develop and formed Cole and Blake from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts and finally, Eagle Scouts.

Both Cole and Blake are currently seniors at Nashville High School.

Cole is the son of Carl and Charlene Herrmann from Hoyleton. He plans to start the Pre-Engineering Program at Kaskaskia College after graduation, and then transfer to the University of Illinois in Champaign to major in Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering.

Blake is the son of Chuck and Kelly Melton, also of Hoyleton. Blake plans to enter the University of Tennessee at Martin and major in Criminal Justice, with the desire to pursue a career in Law Enforcement.