Two local young men, Isaac Cochran of Chewelah and Andrew Clark of Loon Lake, both members of Boy Scout Troop 989 in Valley, Washington have attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. They will be formally recognized for their achievement at a Court of Honor on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Loon Lake Elementary School. Boy Scouts are not awarded this honor on good merit alone.
Like all ranks in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout is earned. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program. The rank of Eagle Scout dates back to the very beginnings of the Boy Scout program, over 100 years ago. Only about 4 percent of all boys who start in the Boy Scout program will attain the rank of Eagle Scout. To date, over 2.4 million young men have been awarded this lofty goal. Obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout is not an easy journey, but it is one that is attainable through hard work and perseverance. Young men are required to complete a total of 21 merit badges, 13 of which are required. They must live by the Oath and Law of Scouting, provide service to their communities, and complete an extensive service project which they must plan, organize, lead and manage.
Isaac Cochran is a 15-year old Sophomore at Jenkins High School in Chewelah. He is the son of Keith and Sara Cochran, and big brother to Jessica. Isaac began his scouting adventure in 2007 as a Tiger Cub in Cub Scout Pack 998 in Chewelah. Isaac continued through all the ranks of Cub Scouts and earned his Arrow of Light, the highest honor in Cub Scouts. In 2012, Isaac crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, joining Chewelah Troop 998. As a member of Chewelah Troop 998, Isaac quickly moved through the ranks, earning many merit badges and filling several leadership positions. Under the guidance of Scoutmaster Randy Farris and later Scoutmaster Keith Cochran, he learned about leadership, mentoring, service and outdoor skills.
Isaac completed a 50-miler hike in Glacier National Park in 2014 with other members of his troop. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, a National Honor Society for Boy Scouts. He attended National Youth Leadership Training in 2015 and returned in 2016 as a youth instructor. For his Eagle Project, Isaac held a winter clothing drive in Chewelah, sponsored by Chewelah Mayor, Dorothy Knauss. He set out bins at various locations through the town, collected donations, then sorted and held a free giveaway of winter clothing for the people of the community. All unused clothing was donated to various shelters for those in need. Isaac joined Boy Scout Troop 989, in Valley, Washington in August 2015. Under the guidance of Scoutmaster Tim Thompson, he participated in a white water rafting trip with Troop 989 in the Summer of 2016 and completed his requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout in August 2016. As of this date, Isaac has earned a total of 43 merit badges in Boy Scouts.
Andrew Clark, age 16, is a Junior at Paideia High School in Valley, WA. He has been an active member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since 2006, joining as a Tiger Cub. Working hard to meet all the requirements in Cub Scouts, he earned the Arrow of Light in 2011 and crossed over into Boy Scout Troop 989 of Valley, WA. Under the direction of Scoutmaster Tim Thompson, Andrew has had an amazing scouting experience. He has been on a couple of 100 mile rafting trips on the Snake River, enjoyed an abundance of hiking and camping trips, two 50 miler backpacking adventure trips in the Idaho/Montana wilderness, has put in many community service hours to Loon Lake School, attended summer camps both in and out of council, participated in National Junior Leadership Training, and has earned 29 merit badges.
His favorite to date has been the Scuba Diving merit badge as well as becoming Scuba certified.
Andrew’s Eagle Project benefited the Salvation Army’s Camp Gifford located on Deer Lake. It took 226 man hours to expand an existing zip line platform making it not only safer to access but safer to use. Earning the rank of Eagle is not the end for this very active scout. He will continue earning merit badges, going on another 50 miler backpacking trip in the summer of 2017, and will continue holding a position of leadership as the current Senior Patrol Leader until the next troop elections are held.
-Submitted by Boy Scout Troop 989