Skip to comments.Tucson middle school student, 14, an Eagle Scout
Posted on 04/22/2010 6:55:07 PM PDT by SandRat
ARIZONA DAILY STAR Bailey Stephen Harn, Eagle Scout
Bailey Stephen Harn, 14, has earned the Boy Scouts' highest rank of Eagle Scout. Only 4 to 5 percent of youth who join Scouting earn this honor.
Celebrating his achievement, an Eagle Court of Honor will be held at 10 a.m. May 1 at the North Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 939 W. Chapala Drive.
Bailey is a member of Boy Scout Troop 232 of the Catalina Council, Old Pueblo District.
An eighth-grader at Cross Middle School, he is the son of Steve and Wendy Harn and big brother to Brody, Brayden and Britney.
In addition to earning 22 Scout merit badges and completing an extensive leadership-based community Eagle project, Bailey is completing two high school credits, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, plays piano, has an extreme passion for basketball and plays soccer.
More than 75 volunteers contributed 235 hours toward Bailey's Eagle Scout project of completely reorganizing 37,000 books in the Cross/Harelson School Library.
Eagle Scout Ping
Two of my Stock Boys are Eagle Scouts. One is worth his weight in Gold. The other? I don’t know HOW he managed to do it, because he can’t stay on task for more than two MINUTES at a time.
Makes me wonder...
(from a 1968 Eagle)
Thanks for sharing. Boy Scout BUMP!
Congrats to YOU too!
Was he a special needs Scout?
I raised three Eagle Scouts. The first was most difficult; the next two eagerly took up the challenge and followed the first one’s lead.
If there is such a thing, he’d be a prime candidate, that’s for sure. ADHD to the max.
Somehow, I thought you either cut the mustard or you didn’t when it came to being an Eagle Scout.
Why water down something THIS prestigious?
Any bets on how long it will take the Fred Phelps fundies to come crashing in on this thread and condemn his soul to hell?
Seriously, congratulations! Mormons and Boy Scouts are two of my favorite groups. The former because they drive the Fred Phelps fundies crazy, the later because they do the same to the ACLU.
My oldest had his Eagle project approved last night by the district board. We are hoping to do the project the first weekend in May. He will be cutting it a bit short as he turns eighteen in June, but he started at fourteen. We are sooo proud of him!
If that sounded ‘mean’ it wasn’t meant to. I just didn’t know that it was open to everyone and you could get special help to get it.
I doubt many people will grasp what a tremendous accomplishment this is. Eagle Scout at 14? Wow!
In 2008, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17.3 years of age. (.scouting.org)
There are special allowences and rules for special needs Scouts.
The Scout must complete as many of the standard requirements as he can.
The unit submits to council advancement committee a request detailig which standard requirements the Scout has complete and suggests alternates for thise he can’t complete. A statement from a licenced halth-care must accompany the request, and, in the case of a mental disabilitym an evaluation from a certified educational administraor must be filed as well.
There is lots more about it for the Scout and Special Training for the Adult Leader.
The toughest part is getting the final packet written up and into the District Advancement Committee on time. I had one boy that made it 15 minutes before midnight the day before his 18th birthday.
OLTG also made Eagle Scout at 14...in 1982.
I'm 42 and still have my laminated Eagle Scout card in my wallet.
Good on Him. Eagles Soar High.
My oldest will earn his Life rank before his 14th birthday; he is only lacking his time requirement. If he stays on top of things, he should earn his Eagle sometime in the next year. His brother is a Tenderfoot, and two years younger.
Woot! Gratz, Bailey, what an achievement! We need more like you!
Congratulations to this young man.
Look well, people. I fear Eagle Scouts may disappear from the list of accomplishments the successful men point to. He may be a disappearing breed.
This government hates the Boy Scouts of America, and is doing everything it can to disable, discredit and destroy this fine organization.
As Will Rogers said; “There’s only one thing wrong with the Boy Scouts.. there aren’t enough of them.”
What is that??
Really good, this kid did Eagle at 14!!! Know his parents are proud.
Am an Eagle Dad, not Eagle myself. Eagle DOES make a difference in a kids future.
Makes me wonder... <<<
LOL....Hint: His father was/is a “wantabee”....
I'm watching it happen for the 2nd time in this small town...(not to mention his father is the leader)
Congratulations to him! We have our fifth eagle scout finishing up his project next month. It does wonders for them!
The older ones are all conservative too!
In my opinion, the Scoutmaster should have made him wait longer. Most scouts his age are not ready to lead. When they get it that young they are usually “pushed” by their parents. I received mine at the age of 16. I had already served a SPL. I see too many of these “fast-track” Eagle Scouts in my area. I still congratulate the young man.
Thanks, truthkeeper. I did a little more thinking and realized it was 1969, not 68. I had just turned 14!
Well, that would explain it. :)
Good on you! I was a Tiger leader and was thrilled to see one of “my boys” make it to Eagle at 15. (Unfortunately, it wasn’t my own kid...he just didn’t have that kind of stuff.)
Our son and Eagle was in critical care after his disasterous 2004 accident.
I wanted the doctor to know our son (even though he was in a coma) and do everything he could to save him. I mentioned that he was an Eagle scout and the doctor replied that so was he and his sons. This man worked around the clock to save our son and succeeded. He puts his Eagle rank on his job resume (as do I) and he just accepted a position at Facebook after his recovery and lengthly rehab.
Our son’s project was to install a handicap parking zone at a church — as a ironic twist, he now has such a placard.
What a great story. Kudos to you and your brave son.
Eagle is like being a Marine, its for life.
Congratulations to him. Well done.
To address those that put this in the ‘too young’ category, as long as he has learned, can apply and can convey to others the necessary skillset, age should not be a barrier. The sooner more examples like this young man are visible to others the better for us all collectively. I pray for 100,000 more like him giving great example and soon. America has perhaps never needed it more.
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