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Matt Ballman Earns Boy Scout’s Highest Award:?Eagle Rank

By Staff | Jan 12, 2010

EAGLE COURT OF HONOR was held Sunday, Jan. 10, in recognition of Matt Ballman of Emmetsburg. The ceremony was held at the United Methodist Church. Matt, pictured with his parents, Dave and Sylvia Ballman, is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 46. --Jane Whitmore photo

Matthew Ballman has earned the highest award presented to Boy Scouts of America. Sunday, Jan. 10, Matt was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Court of Honor was held Sunday, Jan. 10, at the United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. Scoutmaster Mike Frederick and Assistant Scout Masters plus members of Boy Scout Troop 46 participated in the ceremony. The Scout Laws, Trail to Eagle, the Eagle Charge and Eagle Challenge were outlined.

Matthew’s parents, Dave and Sylvia Ballman, participated in the ceremony. Sylvia pinned the Eagle badge over Matt’s Heart. Dave presented his son with the Eagle neck scarf. In return, Matt presented his father with an Eagle tie tack and the Eagle mother’s pin to his mother. Matt also presented a Mentor’s Pin to his father.

In the Candidate’s Moment, Matt thanked God, the scouts in his troop, citizens who helped him with his Eagles project, and his family.

Matt Ballman is a senior at Emmetsburg High School. He has been a member of Troop 46 since 2003.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Matt completed basic requirements of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class scouting. To achieve these ranks, he learned basic first aid, fire building, knots, proper use of knives and axes, meal preparation and planning for troop campouts. Matt attained Tenderfoot rank in November, 2003. He achieved Second Class and First Class in July, 2005.

The next three ranks included completing 21 merit badges. Matt earned a total of 24 merit badges, including Communications, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Swimming, Astronomy and Wilderness Survival. Also included in the requirements for the ranks of Star, Life and Eagle Scout were troop leadership positions such as Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and Order of the Arrow troop representative. Matt was awarded Star rank in November, 2005 and Life rank in May, 2006.

The rank of Eagle also requires a community service project that is planned, supervised and completed by the scout. Matt worked with the Rush Lake Cemetery Board and oversaw other members of the troop to plant approximately 450 trees to act as a windbreak on the Northwest corner of the cemetery. In addition to planting the trees, Matt supervised watering. He also restored a chain fence and trimmed weeds in the cemetery during the summer. He completed his Eagle duties in July, 2009.

During his scout career, Matt has attended summer camps in Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota. He also backpacked in the Black Hills and canoed along the Missouri River. He has held leadership positions, including Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Grub Master, Quartermaster and Scribe.

At Emmetsburg High School, Matt participates in football, speech and golf, along with music in band, choir and solo and ensemble competition. He serves on the student council, as president his senior year and as vice president his junior year. He is also a part of his church choir.