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Hand earns Eagle Scout title with Troop 303

Posted: May 18, 2011 4:22 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Tyler Hand received the highest rank in scouting, the Eagle Scout March 26. Tyler is a member of Troop 303, sponsored by Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. Tyler has been a member of Troop 303 since January 2008 when his parents moved to Lugoff from Illinois.

He began his career in Scouting in the first grade as a Tiger Cub in Pack 303 at Farmingdale Elementary School in Pleasant Plains, Ill.

He advanced through the ranks of Cub Scouting as a Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Scout.

As a Cub Scout, Tyler earned 28 belt loops, 16 activity pins, two gold arrow points, 14 silver, the compass badge and two compass points. He earned the recruiter badge of world conservation emblem, Crime Prevention Award, Leave No Trace Award and the Arrow Light Award, which is the highest award in Cub Scouting and can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. He participated in three Lincoln Pilgrimages, family campouts, day camps, summer camps, webelos camp, pinewood derbies, soapbox derbies; put American flags on soldier’s graves for Memorial Day at local cemeteries and Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In October 2006, Tyler crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 27, Chartered by Westside Christian Church in Springfield, Ill. He advanced through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and First Class. He held troop positions of Scribe, and Quartermaster. Tyler’s dad was an active leader in Troop 27, and has been by Tyler’s side throughout his journey from Scout to First Class Scout enduring summer camps. Service projects like Friend In Deed, roadside cleanup, Scouting for Food, first-aid meets and a Klondike campout that will always be remembered as the ice storm of 2007.

When Tyler and his parent’s moved to Lugoff, he joined Troop 303 and his scoutmaster is Richard Guffy. Tyler served numerous positions.

He earned the God and Life Religious Award and he is serving as the Troop’s Chaplain Aide.

He has earned 25 merit badges including the 25 required for the Eagle Award. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Muscogee Lodge 221 in June 2009 and became a Brotherhood member in July 2010.

Tyler’s Eagle Scout project was to build a Prayer Garden in the Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. He designed and raised money from local business’s to build this Prayer Garden. He recruited fellow troop member’s, adult leaders and cemetery committee members to volunteer. Tyler coordinated these volunteers during the various phased of the project and supervised the work until the project was completed October 20, 2010. This was project took two months and 354 hours to complete.

Scout Leaders Jim Bradshaw, Wateree District Commissioner; Doug Stone, Scout  Executive for the Indian Waters Council; Walter Smith committee chairman; Art Graham; John Shell; Charlie Raley; Harry Harlee; Richard Guffy, scoutmaster; Benny Mingo; Bill Wagers participated in the ceremony.

Pastor Greg Sweet of Lugoff First Baptist Church and Warren Wood former Scoutmaster were also present.
Ben Balnkenship Senior Patrol Leader; David Robert; Ethan Harllee; Will Blankenship; Omar Mingo; Ian Raley; and Carlyn Miller were the scouts helping with the ceremony.

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