Jacob Quinn’s Trail to Eagle Scout

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Troop 260 is proud to congratulate Jacob Quinn on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. A Court of Honor was held on October 25 to recognize and honor Jacob’s achievement.

Photo by Tami Zawistowski
Proud parents John Quinn and Michele Brown-Quinn pose with their son Jacob during his Eagle Scout ceremony. His Eagle project was installing AEDs at Second Baptist Church and educating their users.

“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” Jacob is a wonderful young man who exemplifies all these scouting ideals throughout his life. He is a helpful Scout, who always has a smile on his face and an easy-going, happy demeanor.

“Oh, the places you’ll go,” a quote from Dr. Seuss, comes to mind reflecting on Jacob’s adventures with Troop 260. From the North Maine Woods to canoeing the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (four times!) to becoming scuba certified in anticipation for a trip to Sea Base in Florida that COVID cancelled, Jacob’s adventures seemed to always include water. But his biggest adventure with Troop 260 was the trip to the Northern Tier High Adventure base in Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, where he spent a week canoeing and portaging in the Quetico Provincial Park.

Jacob started in Scouts as a Cub Scout, earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 260 in March of 2015. He was an active Scout who climbed through the ranks, Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and finally achieved Eagle in April 2022. As part of his trail to Eagle, Jacob earned the necessary 21 Merit Badges required for the rank, plus 6 more. For his Eagle Service Project, Jacob led a team of youths to install lifesaving AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) at Second Baptist Church. He also produced, directed and created a very helpful training video on the proper use of AEDs.

When Jacob was asked how he feels about becoming an Eagle, he said, “I’m proud to be an Eagle. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment. It was a long journey with lots of hard work, but I persevered.”

Eagle is the highest attainable rank in the Scouts BSA program. Achieving this goal is no small feat; only 4% of Scouts persevere to attain the rank of Eagle.

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