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Phillip Brown Earns Eagle Honor

By Staff | Aug 10, 2010

Eagle Scout - Phillip Brown achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and the Eagle Court of Honor was held Sunday. Pictured with Phillip is his mother, Karen Brown of Emmetsburg. Eagle is Scouting’s the highest award. --Jane Whitmore photo

The Eagle is Scouting’s highest award. Phillip Brown received that award at the Eagle Court of Honor Sunday, Aug. 8, at the United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. Phillip is a member of Boy Scout Troop #146.

Scout Master Mike Frederick presided over the Court of Honor, with Assistant Scout Masters. They walked through Brown’s six years of Scouting, from Tenderfoot to Second Class and First Class, Star Scout and Life Scout before attaining Eagle.

Phillip’s Eagle Scout Project was building window boxes for the Emmetsburg Care Center, for flowers for the residents.

“The window boxes provide the residents of the eastern hallway with two distinct benefits,” Brown said as he explained his Eagle project. “First, the window boxes greatly increased the beauty of the view from the residents’ windows. Before, the only view was of a plain concrete wall or the back side of an old wooden fence. The second benefit was to give the residents the opportunity to plant their own flowers in the window boxes, giving them their own personal garden.”

Before beginning his project, Brown met with Emmetsburg Care Center administrator Rick Ruehle. Together they discussed details of the project and benefits to the Care Center residents. Scouts and Scout Masters assisted with building the window boxes and attaching them to the building.

“After all the work was done, 11 window boxes, each measuring about five feet long and each containing two plastic plant liners, adorned the eastern wall of the Emmetsburg Care Center,” said Brown. “Thanks to the many helpers who assisted with my Eagle project.”

Eagle Scout Matt Ballman delivered the Eagle Scout Charge. Brown presented the Mentor’s Pin to Jesse Wolfe, Assistant Scout Master. He thanked all of the troop and its leaders for encouraging him to continue the journey to Eagle.

Karen Brown pinned the Eagle Badge on her son’s shirt. He, in turn, presented his mother with the Mother’s Pin. The Eagle tie tack was presented in memory of Phillip’s father, the late Michael L. (Butch) Brown.

Phillip Brown is a 2010 graduate of Emmetsburg High School where he was active in football, band, vocal music, show choir, speech and quiz bowl. He will attend Iowa State University this fall, majoring in Pre-Med.

Brown encouraged his fellow Scouts to keep going. “I would do it all again to get to this point,” said the new Eagle Scout.