PARKERSBURG - Caleb McHenry, a member of Troop 3, sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church, became the 130th Eagle Scout in the troop's 97-year history during a Court of Honor at the Corner Cafe on April 26.
Friends, family, troop leaders and fellow Scouts attended the celebration, including his parents, Dave and Carla McHenry of Washington, W.Va.
McHenry began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub and joined Troop 3 in 2007. Over the years he held numerous leadership positions in his troop, completed 325 separate requirements to become an Eagle Scout, and used his experience as a campfire director to become a song leader at the Marrtown Church of Christ.
Caleb McHenry poses with his parents after receiving Scouting’s highest award, the rank of Eagle Scout, at his Court of Honor on April 26. From left are Dave McHenry, Eagle Scout Caleb McHenry and Carla McHenry.
For his Eagle community service project he consulted with Bob Crocker and Dave Johnson of the Wildlife Habitat Enhancement committee of the DuPont Nature Trail to conceive, plan and supervise an important addition to the growing trail system at the Washington Bottom Park.
Upon completing his service project, which took 13 volunteers more than 140 man-hours to complete, McHenry said, "In addition to using my leadership and management skills, I learned that when you are working with people it is important to be patient and persistent."
Scoutmaster Tom Dukas marveled at McHenry's ability to integrate his Scouting activities into an energetic schedule of church and extracurricular activities that includes a part-time job. Dukas said, "He made it a priority to become an Eagle Scout and, in doing so, has proved that no matter how busy one is, it's always possible to find the time to take advantage of all that Scouting has to offer."
McHenry said, "It (Boy Scout) teaches you to be trustworthy, do your best, and the importance of hard work, because nothing is given to you. It also taught me a lot about the outdoors, God and virtues."
McHenry is a senior at Parkersburg South High School where he is on the varsity and traveling soccer teams, plays alto and soprano sax in symphonic and jazz bands, and is a member of the National Honor Society, in addition to being active in his church.
He plans to attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in Computer Science.