Harrison Hapner, left, stands with his fellow Eagle Scouts and brothers, Sam, center, and Max. Harry’s Eagle Court of Honor was Sunday, August 29. They are the sons of Ray and Melody Hapner of South Whitley.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)
Harrison Hapner became the newest Troop 85 Eagle Scout Sunday, August 29.
Harry’s Eagle Court of Honor was held in the Church of God sanctuary with senior members of Troop 85 serving as color guard, family and friends serving as honor guard and a host of supporters and well-wishers present to witness the ceremony honoring the 11-year Boy Scouts of America member.
Harrison joined the BSA as a Tiger Scout in 1999. Along the way he has earned 25 badges: Archery, Aviation, Camping, Community Citizenship, Nation Citizenship, World Citizenship, Climbing, Communications, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Family Life, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Fishing, Horsemanship, Leatherwork, Personal Fitness, Salesmanship, Scholarship, Personal management, Swimming, environmental Science, Wilderness Survival and Soil and Water Conservation.
He has held the leadership positions of quartermaster, assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, Order of the Arrow representative and troop guide.
His Eagle service project renovated the public restroom building at Hagan Park in South Whitley.
Each Eagle Scout candidate designs his Court of Honor ceremony. Todd Jones served as master of ceremony and Scoutmaster Rich Cokl read a list of Harry’s accomplishments.
After reciting the BSA oath and the Eagle Scout oath, Harry’s brothers, Eagle Scouts Max and Sam, tied the Eagle scarf around his neck and placed the Eagle pin on his shirt. His mother and father, Melody and Ray Hapner also received Eagle pins. Walter Malicki was presented with an Eagle Scout mentor pin.
Members of Troop 85 also read letters of commendation from former US President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush; Gov. Mtich Daniels and several state senators.