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.
“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