Boy Scout Troop 113 honors 6 local Eagle Scouts

December 14, 2016 GMT

Boy Scout Troop 113, sponsored by Rome’s First United Methodist Church, presented the coveted Eagle Scout Award to Braden Rice Alford, William Collins Green, Vincent Alan Johnson, George Ronald Lataif, Joseph Castleman McDaniel and Reid Robertson Parker on Tuesday.

The Eagle Scout Award is the highest and most coveted rank of Scouting.

Fewer than 3 percent of all Scouts in the United States reach the Eagle rank. Recipients must earn 21 merit badges, including 13 required merit badges. The required merit badges are: to serve actively in a troop leadership position for at least six months after becoming a Life Scout; plan, develop and carry out a service project worthy of an Eagle Scout; and appear before a board of review.

Braden Rice Alford, the son of Jason Alford and Becki Alford, developed a new half-mile section of the Pinhoti Trail in Cave Spring for his Eagle project.

This summer, Braden attended the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. There, he served as the crew leader while backpacking over 100 miles.

He is a freshman at Armuchee High School, a member of the marching and concert bands and is active in student ministry at West Rome Baptist Church.

William Collins Breen, the son of Dr. Charles Breen and Mitzi Breen, built a roof on the play structure at the Family Resource Center for his Eagle project. He used corrugated roofing, which will not fade or tear. He also repaired a broken gate to their fencing and cleaned up the landscaping.

William is a senior at Covington Catholic High School, Park Hills, Kentucky, where he is head editor of the Journalism Club.

He is a member of St. Pius Church. He attended Philmont Scout Ranch, where he hiked and backpacked over 100 miles and attended Camp Sidney Dew three summers.

Vincent Alan Johnson, son of Dr. Louis Johnson and Rachel Johnson, is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He is an altar server and also a member of the Columbian Squires. Vincent designed improvements and repairs for the Ridge Ferry Park Tree House.

Vincent built new custom-fitted handrails for the long ramp, cleaned and painted the tree house walls, replaced wooden-cap rails around the tree house and cleaned the ramp. Vincent is a junior at Rome High School where he has excelled in academics, leadership and band. He is a member of the Rome High School Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. He hiked and backpacked on two occasions at Philmont Scout Ranch.

George Ronald Lataif, son of Louis Lataif and Susan Lataif, is home-schooled and is currently in the 11th grade. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. George coordinated, filmed and created an aerial video of downtown Rome, promoting the city for tourists and potential residents. His project was created in partnership with Rome’s Downtown Development Authority. George also attended Philmont Scout Ranch, where he joined the other Eagle Scouts and hiked and backpacked over 100 miles.

Joseph Castleman McDaniel, son of Scott McDaniel and Elizabeth McDaniel, is a 2016 graduate of Armuchee High School. For his Eagle project he coordinated and organized 13 Scouts to build a fence around an archeological dig pit located at the Chieftains Museum. Joseph has been a dedicated youth member of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, serving as an acolyte, and attending several mission trips. Joseph was a 2016 participant in the over 100 miles of backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.

Reid Robertson Parker, the son of Rob Parker and Dawn Parker, built a rolling cabinet to house sound equipment to be used by First United Methodist Church as his Eagle Scout project. Reid is a senior at Rome High School where he has excelled in academics, leadership and fine arts. He is currently the Corps Commander for the AFJROTC program at Rome High and is the trombone-section leader for The Sound of the Seven Hills Marching Band. Reid attended Philmont Scout Ranch on two occasions where he hiked and backpacked over 100 miles in mountainous terrain, with elevations from 5000 to 12,441 feet. Reid is a member of First Baptist Church of Rome.