Ron Rugar IV stood before his family and friends at Greenwood Baptist Church Nov. 7 and was awarded Eagle by Troop 3810. As Rugar was awarded for his dedication, he displayed the leadership skills of what it means to be an Eagle Scout.
Eric Song, Troop 3810 Scoutmaster, said Rugar has only been a scout in the troop since last year, but he’s happy Rugar stuck with the Scouts. He said only four percent of the boys in the nation reach Eagle Scout. He said Rugar embodies the honor, respect and leadership a Scout should have.
“Ron has gone above and beyond what he had to do to reach this point,” Song said. “We’re extremely proud of him. Most scouts get their Eagle and they’re gone, but Ron will stay on as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.”
He said to be an Eagle Scout, 21 merit badges need to be earned and a Scout has to be under 18 years of age. He said Rugar earned 50 merit badges and is 16 years old. He said Rugar is the first Eagle Scout of Troop 3810 and the first Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Rugar said he wasn’t nervous during the program where he would become an Eagle Scout, and he was more excited about it. He said he was happy to reach such a high rank and become a dedicated Scout.
“I’ve been in the Scouts for a long time now, ever since first grade. I liked going camping and earning the merit badges the best. I’ve just had a fun time in the Scouts learning and doing new things,” he said.
He said each Scout has to do a service project before he can reach the rank of Eagle. Since Rugar enjoys science and STEM, he decided his service project would be geared towards other students learning something in that field.
“My Eagle project was building a flower bed at Mattie Wells Elementary School,” Rugar said. “I spent a lot more time filling out the paperwork than actually building it. I had to do a lot of fundraising for the project, too.”
The Eagle Scout said a lot of the materials for the flower bed project were donated. He said it was fun building the flower bed because he enjoys getting out of the house and doing new things. He said he wanted children to learn how important it is to grow plants and learn about pollination through the flower bed.
Rugar said he plans to stay in the Scouts and do additional activities even though he has reached Eagle status. He said when he graduates high school and moves on, he wants to become a psychologist so he can continue to help others and use his leadership skills.
“I feel like becoming a psychologist has a lot of job security. I enjoy helping people with their problems, too,” the Eagle Scout said. “Maybe they’ll come to me, and I can help them with their problems in life.”