After spending many years in Boy Scouts fulfilling duties in areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills, 18-year-old Jordan G. Coleman of Vernon Hill has become an Eagle Scout.
Family, friends and his fellow scouts of Troop 410 joined him for an Eagle courts of honor ceremony recognizing his feat of earning the highest rank in scouts at First Baptist News Ferry on March 1.
Coleman is the son of Letha and Howard.
A senior at Halifax County High School, Coleman also is a member of First Baptist News Ferry, Future Farmers of America, Troop 410 of Boy Scouts of America and The Order of the Arrow Tuscarora lodge.
In order to achieve this rank of scouts, Coleman had to fulfil a number of specific skills as he advanced through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle including earning merit badges.
Of the 136 merit badges, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scouts including first aid, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communication, cooking, personal fitness, personal management, camping and family life, according to the Boy Scouts of America website.
In addition, a Scout has a choice between emergency preparedness and lifesaving, cycling, hiking and swimming, and environmental science and sustainability.
Most recently, Coleman earned badges for camping and hiking.
For his service project, Coleman painted and pressure washed his church.
During his Eagle Scout ceremony, members of Troop 410 also took a chance to recognize Joe Graves for his dedication and service to Troop 410.
They also presented a plaque to Oak Level Presbyterian Church in memory of Conway and Jean Goodman for their service, dedication and loyalty to Troop 410.
Goodman, who passed away on Dec. 26 at the age of 87, was best known as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 410 from 1961 to 1997, and led an estimated two-dozen young men to earn the highest rank in scouting.
His wife Jean passed away on Aug. 6, 2016 at the age of 81. The Goodmans treated the scouts of Troop 410 like their own children over the years.
Scoutmaster of Troop 410 is Audrey Powell and assistant scoutmaster is Stacey Powell.