We are proud to place our student spotlight on a TCS Student who has accomplished something that only about four percent of the fifty-two million young men who have participated in the Boy Scouts of America over the past 100 years have accomplished, the achieving the rank of an Eagle Scout.
Junior Trey McGougan, son of Marshall and Helen McGougan, has been at Tabernacle since he was in preschool, a total of 13 years. While he enjoys playing soccer with the TCS Rams, his favorite sport is basketball, and he has had the privilege of being an active player of one of the best basketball teams in Tabernacle’s forty-two year history. Trey also excels academically and is a member of the TCS Chapter of the National Beta Club. His favorite subject is science.
Trey has participated in scouting for the past nine years, during which time he has consistently exhibited determination to succeed and faithfulness to duty. As a result, he has now reached a level the Scouts themselves proclaim as “Merit Beyond the Badge,” the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout ceremony was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, NC, on March 1, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. TCS principal Mrs. Susan Boulton had the honor of speaking at this event. Other speakers included Trey’s pastor, Dr. Robert Hunter, his youth leader, Mr. Billy Spencer, Scout Master Brent Burnette, and Officer Alan Johnson of the highway patrol. Fellow Tabernacle students Joshua McGougan and Logan High were part of the ceremony as were other members of Boy Scout Troop 1.
In addition to other invited guests, many of Trey’s friends from TCS turned out for the event. Approximately sixty of his teachers, friends, and their parents joined the celebration.
Becoming an Eagle Scout requires the following steps:
- Progressing through the ranks in the following order: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle
- Being active in one’s troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after achieving the rank of Life Scout.
- Demonstrating one lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in daily life. Applicants must list on the Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know them personally and will be willing to provide a recommendation on their behalf. The list includes parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.
- Earning a total of 21 merit badges (or ten more than the applicant has), including the following: (a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in the World, (e) Communication, (f) Cooking, (g) Personal Fitness, (h) Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, (i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability, (j) Personal Management, (k) Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, (l) Camping, and (m) Family Life.
- While a Life Scout, serving actively in one’s unit for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:
- Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
- Varsity Scout team. Captain, co-captain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow team representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
- Venturing crew/ship. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, guide, boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
- Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in his school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in his community.
- While a Life Scout, planning, developing, and giving leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or the scout’s community.
- Taking part in a unit leader conference.
- Successfully completing an Eagle Scout board of review.
Trey accomplished his “service project” by funding and erecting two flagpoles on our ball field. On one side of the scoreboard is a Christian flag, and an American flag is on the other. We thank Trey for choosing to do his service project for his school. Trey is a fine young man. We are proud of his accomplishments and look forward to hearing of future accomplishments as he continues to serve his God and fellowman.