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Congratulations to Jacob Egen on becoming an Eagle Scout; you have successfully proven that you can do anything and understand your life, your future, your destiny is in your hands. Making the rank of Eagle Scout is no easy task – the going has often been tough. It takes a lot of time, effort, planning, studying, organization and gumption over many years to achieve all that is required to be an Eagle. A Scout does not do these things alone. Behind every Eagle Scout there usually stand two parents who have given of their time and talents, who have cheered and encouraged, and, yes, sometimes even threatened, to keep their son on the right track.

The fact that Jake is an Eagle Scout now carries a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 4 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. This represents more than 1 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1911. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank – and we are proud of you Jake and so grateful you are a member of the band!

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