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12 Rocklin youth earn Eagle Scout honor

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Only 4 percent of the thousands who join the Boy Scouts ever attain the highest rank of Eagle Scout. This small percentage is what makes the recent ceremony in Rocklin so unusual. On Sunday, Feb. 13, 12 local boys were honored as they received Eagle Awards after meeting all the extensive requirements to qualify for scouting’s highest rank. Chad Mayne, scout master for most of these boys during their first years in the program, is a leader among leaders. For scout camps, he organizes the boys to do the required work in order to complete their merit badges at camp. Partial’s, as the merit badges are referred to until they are completed, were not an option for his troop. Many of this group of Eagle Scouts broke camp records. Camps are a big part of scouting, but Mayne’s year-round consistency and dedication in working to inspire and train his scouts are key factors for the outstanding success of this troop. When scouts were asked at the ceremony what the favorite scouting memories were, many mentioned their snow camps. How many adults in our comfort-driven life styles are willing to take car loads of boys to the summit in the freezing temperatures and dig snow forts to sleep in? Mayne can give you a list of names of dedicated men who joined him. They are making men out of these boys. Parents of these boys notice those survival skills cross over to life skills each boy will need in order to be successful. Once the boys leave Mayne’s leadership, Dave Pettey takes over. Pettey has devoted many years of his life to building future leaders one Eagle Scout at a time. He continues Mayne’s pattern of setting individual goals with the boys and setting the bar high. In the scouting tradition, there is a host of unseen support in the likes of Brad Constantine, Chuck Canning, Ed Ralston, Marcus Wellman, Dean Clark and Brent Ford, all of Rocklin. These men interview, train, check details and hold these boys to rigorous standards of follow through and planning. To attain the Eagle Scout Award, 21 merit badges are required. Most of these scouts have 35 to 40 merit badges to demonstrate their achievement, hard work and diligence. Among the notable mentions is the Clark family, with three teens who received the Eagle Award: Tyler, 17, Jeffrey, 16, and Riley, 14. Twins, Tanner and Taylor Hughes, 17, were also awarded along with Chandler Sherman, 18, Daniel Dudley, 15, Steven Ford, 16, Scott Pulsipher, 16, Jordan Mayne, 17, Ryan McCrary, 15, and Chad Harless, 15. ~Staff report