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Lantana Scouts Earn Awards

Lantana Cub Scout Pack 802 Webelos recently held their Bridging Ceremony and Religious Awards Ceremony.

Thirteen Webelos achieved Cub Scouting’s Highest Honor, the Arrow of Light award. The scouts were presented with a plaque signifying all the awards and achievements received in their career to be hung on their wall as a smbol of their achievement.  Eight of these scouts have currently bridged over in the Boy Scouts.

The Arrow of Light Awards went to: Charles Williams, Cameron Caver, Saverio Auciello, Dakota Linnabar, Preston Wheat, Sammy Bailey, Sebastian Vazquez,  Nate Griffith, Michael Rieder, Gabriel Lee, Jack Haverland, Ryna Delaune, and Reese Krause.

This year’s Scout Religious Awards Ceremony was held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Community, with the Bishop Kevin Vann from the Fort Worth Diocesan presenting the awards to the scouts.

Pack 802 had five scouts participate in the ceremony. Sanitago Vazquez, Sebastian Vazquez and Michael Rieder earned both the Light of Christ medal and the Parvuli Dei medals for the Scout Religious Awards requirements for Catholic Youth.  They had achieved their Light of Christ award earlier, and accomplished the Parvuli Dei award this past year. They elected to receive both their awards at the ceremony.

Matthew Rieder received his Parvuli Dei Award at the ceremony after he had fulfilled his requirements prior to bridging over to Boy Scouts. He also elected to receive his long overdue award at this ceremony.

Brendan Rieder earned his Light of Christ Award for completing this first stage requirement for the Catholic Youth Religious Awards as a Wolf Cub Scout.

New Eagle Scouts

Nicholas James Sanders

Nicholas James Sanders 18, of Flower Mound earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 13, 2012.

For his Eagle Scout project, Sanders constructed at 15’x9’ cage for injured hawks and birds being rehabilitated at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation facility in Hutchins, TX.  He planned, secured funding, and led a group of volunteers, including scouts, friends, and parents. The project took 88 hours and was completed in November 2011.

Sanders began scouting as a Cub Scout with Pack 12 in Austin TX, where he earned his arrow of light as a Webelo. He didn’t join a Boy Scout troop until the age of 15-1/2 after moving to Flower Mound.  He has earned 37 merit badges and served as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Librarian, and even went to High Adventure Philmont Scout Ranch.  He completed all his requirements to earn the rank of Eagle in just two years.

Sanders is a senior at Flower Mound High School where he is in the ROTC Program and holds the title of Chief Master Sergeant.

He works as a Swim Instructor, and attends Career school for Pharmacy Tech.

Nick wants everyone to know that it really isn’t too late to join scouting when you are already in your middle teens. If you believe it, you really can achieve it!

Sanders is a member of Troop 256 in Flower Mound.

Ethan Dugan-Smith

Ethan Dugan-Smith’s Eagle project was to construct a sign for Reata Rehabilitation, designed to improve business for the organization. Ethan spent more than 100 hours planning, executing and leading this project.  The sign was constructed from a 4X8 sheet of plywood, paint, and hand-cut letters.

Ethan also earned another significant accomplishment recently when he was recognized by the Catholic Bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese for having earned all four of the BSA Catholic Religious Emblems. He earned the first two while in Cub Scouts: the Light of Christ and the Parvuli Dei.  Two others were earned in Boy Scouts: the Ad Altare Dei (or “To the Alter of God”) and the Pope Pius XII. For earning all four emblems, Ethan received the Chi Rio patch.

Ethan has held several positions within Troop 1225, including Senior Patrol Leader.  He is a junior at Flower Mound High School and the son of Eric Smith and Erin Dugan.

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