Eagle Scout Reed Cok­er of Troop 78 in Boul­der, Col­orado recent­ly earned his fourth Palm.  It took years of ded­i­cat­ed efforts and the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of require­ments in the areas of lead­er­ship, ser­vice and out­door skills.  Reed attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. 

First, Reed com­plet­ed 21 mer­it badges and oth­er require­ments for an Eagle Scout Award  (After earn­ing an Eagle, Scouts may con­tin­ue until the age of 18 to earn one Palm for each addi­tion­al five mer­it badges and three months of con­sis­tent ser­vice to Scout­ing).  Reed con­tin­ued to stay active in the troop and went on to earn a Bronze (5), Gold (10), Sil­ver (15) Palms and most recent­ly a sec­ond Bronze Palm (20). 

Eagle Palms are an extreme­ly rare accom­plish­ment achieved by only a small frac­tion of Scouts.  Only 5% of Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle and less than 1% then go on to earn a Palm.

Reed Coker

Scout­ing has led me on many adven­tures.  I have been on many back­pack­ing and canoe trips rang­ing from Philmont, New Mex­i­co, Denali, Alas­ka, and the Wyoming Bridger Wilder­ness Area to the bound­ary waters of Min­neso­ta and Cana­da,” says Reed. Dur­ing those trips, Reed spent 111 nights camp­ing, back­packed near­ly 200 miles, and canoed 100 miles.

For Reed’s Eagle Project, he worked with Free­dom Ser­vice Dogs of Amer­i­ca (FSD). This non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion enhances the lives of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties by res­cu­ing dogs from shel­ters and cus­tom train­ing them for indi­vid­ual client needs. Clients include chil­dren, vet­er­ans and active duty sol­diers, indi­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties and oth­er adults.

Reed led the way to col­lect $2,800 which spon­sored a ken­nel,  15 new Kuran­da dog beds and mate­ri­als to refur­bish 15 old dog beds.  In addi­tion, $800 worth of sup­plies were donat­ed.  Reed coor­di­nat­ed and man­aged work­days at the facil­i­ty, log­ging over 250 total vol­un­teer hours.

Recent­ly, Reed com­plet­ed a term as the Senior Patrol Leader and is con­tin­u­ing his ded­i­ca­tion by serv­ing as a Junior Assis­tant Scout Mas­ter.  Also, Reed rep­re­sent­ed the Longs Peak Coun­cil at the annu­al Col­orado Report to the State event. Reed plans to earn a degree in Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment at Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty.

To find out more about Eagle Scout Palms, go to:  http://www.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/Eagle_Palms_2016.pdf

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Kelly Moll
Kelly serves as Development Director for the Longs Peak Council and has been a professional Scouter for 19 years. She is married with three children and often can be found on the sideline cheering and taking photos on a football or soccer field. Kelly’s community spirit resides in Northern Colorado by giving her time and talents to other organizations. She is an avid water skier and enjoys spending time on their family boat.

8 comments

  1. Ross Liebert says:

    I earned 4 palms as well, would have had a cou­ple more if I got my eagle soon­er, I had he mer­it badges for them.

  2. SK Bob says:

    Con­grat­u­la­tions on your accom­plish­ment.
    We had a Sea Scout in our Ship last year com­plet­ed his Quar­ter­mas­ter Rank while also earn­ing ALL BSA Mer­it Badges to go with his Eagle Rank that he earned in his Troop (dif­fer­ent Char­ter Part­net and Town). He aged out of his Troop last Sum­mer. Now goes to col­lege in NC.

    1. Kelly Moll
      Kelly Moll ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Great job to your son for being com­mit­ted to the Scout­ing pro­gram! Con­grat­u­la­tions.

  3. Sharon says:

    My son made it to 3 Sil­ver Palms before aging out, along with a Denali Award, a cou­ple of Ven­tur­ing Bronze, the Gold, and the Ven­tur­ing Sil­ver. He’s not sure if he’ll be able to get the Ven­tur­ing Sum­mit award com­plete now though. 🙂

  4. Paul Stithem says:

    That’s great! I won­der how many scouts earn more than that? My son earned 2 Sil­ver Palms and a Bronze (7 Palms), he didn’t even both­er to turn in his last Gold Palm (#8). He ran out of time to earn more.
    My oth­er son earned up to his first Sil­ver (3 Palms) and aged out.
    A Scout in our Troop earned all the MB’s and is now col­lect­ing Palms. He will eas­i­ly obtain 4 Sil­ver Palms (12+ Palms).

    1. Kelly Moll
      Kelly Moll ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Paul, that is great! Con­grat­u­la­tions. We would love to share your sto­ries! Those are great accom­plish­ments.

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