Hermon boy, a scout since first grade, earns rank of Eagle
Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 8:33 am

HERMON -- A Hermon teen has earned the highest rank available among the Boy Scouts.

Dylan R. Flight recently obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Only four percent of boys who start out in scouting achieve this honor.

Flight started scouting as a Tiger Cub in the first grade. He made his way through Cub Scouts and Webelos, receiving his Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts.

Flight was elected to be a member of Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society.

Being a Boy Scout is all about dedication and putting in many hours. As this got more difficult, he looked to his friends, family and community for inspiration and after 6 years of hard work, Flight’s goal has been reached.

Flight has held leadership roles in his troop, such as den chief, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and scribe.

Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn Eagle Scout Rank. For his Eagle service project, he planned, organized and oversaw construction of a pavilion in the town of Russell, located next to the Russell bridge at the site of the canoe launch.

Flight’s Eagle Court of Honor was held Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Russell Pavilion, on the one-year anniversary of completion of the project build.

Longtime friend and fellow life scout Jonathan Pinkney acted as Master of Ceremonies along with Scoutmaster John Burnham.

Flight will be a Senior at Hermon–DeKalb Central School this fall.

He plans on staying active with his troop.