Three Boy Scouts from Troop 692 in Blue Springs have earned the rank of Eagle, the highest rank a Scout can achieve. J. Michael Gilliland, Nathan Rawson and Patrick Downton Jr. will be recognized in a Court of Honor ceremony on July 29.
Nationally fewer than 2 percent of Scouts earn the Eagle rank. It is achieved only after years of service and leadership activities, including at least one big project to benefit the community. Each young man must earn at least 21 merit badges in areas ranging from animation to first aid to engineering.
J. Michael Gilliland joined Cub Scouts Pack 692 at age 7, where he earned the Cub Scout’s highest award, the Arrow of Light. He crossed over into Troop 692 in 2010, and has held the positions of Patrol Leader, Quarter Master, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
His camping activities included attending camps Naish and H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. He has participated in the Mic-O-Say Program as Warrior Patient Howling Wolf.
Michael has earned 33 merit badges and for his Eagle service project he constructed a round rail fence to an underground shelter area at the Rotary Youth Camp allowing safe transport of disabled campers in case of emergency.
Michael, the son of Brian and Rebekah Gilliland, is a sophomore at Blue Springs High School. He is a member of the Golden Regiment band and serves on the Technology Team at Blue Springs Christian Church.
Nathan Rawson started his scouting career with Cub Scout Pack 692 at the age of 7, where he earned the the Leave no Trace award and the Arrow of Light. He crossed over into Troop 692 in 2012, and has held several leadership positions including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, and assistant senior patrol leader.
His camping activates included attending many years of Cub Scout Day Camp, Bear Camp, and Webelo Camp; attending H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation and has camped over 100 nights earning the 12 month camping award in 2014. He has participated in the Mic-O-Say Program as Warrior Quick Darting Hornet. For his Eagle service project, Nathan constructed a safety and security of a trash enclosure at the School of Economics in Blue Springs.
Nathan, the son of Mark and Michele Rawson, is a junior at Blue Springs High school. He is a student leader and plays the contra in the Golden Regiment Marching Band. Nathan is also active in HOSA and has participated in several community volunteer opportunities.
Patrick Downton Jr. began his scouting activities with Cub Scout Pack 205 at the age of 7, later earning the Arrow of Light. He held the positions of Quarter Master and Assistant Patrol Leader. Patrick later transferred to Troop 692 and held the position of Leave No Trace Trainer.
His camping activities include attending H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, The Scouting 500, and attending a high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Patrick has earned 24 merit badges and for his Eagle service project he replaced and added landscaping at the School of Economics in Blue Springs.
Patrick, the son of Patrick Sr. and Sherie Downton, is a graduate of Blue Springs High School. His high school activities include being a four-year member of the Golden Regiment band. He is a member of Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ where he serves on the Youth Council, a member of the music ministry and a member of the audio and media team. Patrick will be attending Tuskegee University in Alabama in the fall on a full-ride scholarship.