Medfield’s Boy Scout Troop 89 members Stephen Daniel Williams, Garrett Theodore Gipson, Robert A. Raine and Tyler James Hatch were honored at their Eagle Court of Honor on December 2 at the United Church of Christ in Medfield. Family, friends and many members of Troop 89 attended this event, recognizing these young men for their significant achievement.
Attaining the rank of Eagle is rare; only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service.
The requirements of the rank of Eagle Scout are as follows:
• A Scout must earn 21 merit badges, 13 of which are required.
• A Scout must serve actively in a troop leadership position for a period of at least six months.
• A Scout must plan, develop, and carry out a service project worthy of an Eagle Scout.
• A Scout must appear before a Board of Review of prominent persons to demonstrate that he has done his best to understand and to live up to the Scout Oath and Law and in all ways has qualified as an Eagle Scout.
The following is a resume of Tyler James Hatch’s Scouting and personal history:
Tyler joined Troop 89 in 2013 at age 11, when he crossed over from Webelos, Pack 200 and now stands before the community as an Eagle Scout. On his trail to Eagle, Tyler earned a total of 34 merit badges. He successfully completed Junior Leadership training and demonstrated his leadership ability within Troop 89 in the capacities of Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Quartermaster. Tyler is a member of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow.
Tyler’s Eagle Scout Service Project created a serene place at the historic Grist Mill on Kingsbury pond where Medfield could memorialize its soldiers who are considered missing in action. The project included the removal of poison ivy, over growth and other debris and the installation of granite bench during a ceremony commemorating two of Medfield’s brave who never returned home.
Tyler is a member of Medfield High School class of 2020 where he is a member of the baseball team and has been part of the Middle School and High School Ski Club for the past three years. Outside of school Tyler’s activities include playing indoor soccer with his friends, and working at the Metacomet Concession Stand that he helped design, refereeing soccer games, and is a Peer Leader for the Middle School Youth Program at United Church of Christ in Medfield. He was recently selected as a delegate representing Medfield High School and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is a highly selective national program honoring academically superior high school students dedicated to the service of humanity through medicine. Tyler enjoys camping and family vacations. His hobbies include skiing and coin collecting.
Stephen, Garrett, Robert and Tyler have demonstrated their capacity and willingness to exert leadership ability in the activities that are constructive and worthwhile in this community. They demonstrated ability to live up the 12 points of the Scout Law as well as to the Scout Oath, duty to God and Country, to others, and to themselves. As such, they qualified to receive the rank of Eagle Scout.