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Junior gains Eagle Scout status

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Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted the rank as an Eagle Scout; junior Michael Herington is now among that four percent.

According to the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program of the Boy Scouts of America.

The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill.

Growing up, Herington attended Boy Scout camp in North Muskegon every summer for two weeks, where he discovered his love for Boy Scouts.

“I really liked going to the camps because I love enjoying the nature while being surrounded by the wilderness,” Herington said.

The requirements of earning such a high-standing honor include earning at least 21 merit badges.

A few of these badges include first aid, swimming, citizenship in community, citizenship in world, family life, physical fitness, cooking, camping, emergency preparedness and many more.

“The two most difficult merit badges for me to attain were camping and wilderness,” Herington said. “In the wilderness, you have to hike a long ways, and for camping, you have to make your own type of shelter, which takes time and patience. ”

Herington isn’t the only Eagle Scout in his family, nor is he a first generation Eagle Scout within his family.

“My great grandpa was the first Eagle Scout in Jackson County. I am really proud of him,” Herington said. “My dad was a Boy Scout growing up, and my cousin too is an Eagle Scout.”

Earning the title of Eagle Scout takes time and dedication, which Herington said he had.

“Having the merit badge can also help me in the future with getting a job,” Herington said. “It makes me feel really good about myself being awarded my Eagle Scout badge because it allows me to be more self confident as well as more confident in everyday activities.”

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