A special ceremony was held at the Burney Lions Club on Saturday afternoon, June 10 to recognize James Chapman as an Eagle Scout. Chapman is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 38 which is sponsored by the Burney Lions Club. Members of Cub Scout Pack 38 also attended.
Scout Elias Urlie welcomed members of the community and emceed the event. After the presentation of colors by Troop 38 and Pack 38, Urlie led the scouts in reciting the Scout Oath.
The Scouts then took part in a special candle lighting ceremony presided over by Thomas Chapman.
Reverend John Chapman, the honoree’s grandfather, said the invocation.
William Ford, Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster who now leads the Cub Scouts, formally opened the Court of Honor and introduced four other Eagle Scouts who explained the Eagle Obligation.
Other Eagle Scouts attending included Joseph Tereba, Lucas Urlie, and George Chapman.
Afterwards, William Ford and James’ father George Chapman recounted experiences detailing James’ trail to becoming an Eagle Scout.
This was followed by a slide show full of pictures of James participating in scouting activities over the past 5 years.
Ford and George Chapman then presented James with his new Eagle Scout bandana, Eagle Scout pin, and certificate.
Mr. Ford said that he was happy that James would be serving as assistant scoutmaster and encouraged him to remain active with the Boy Scouts in the future.
James then got up to make a personal statement. He charmed the audience with his humility and humor as he recounted his experiences and then presented both Ford and his father with mentor pins, thanking them for their guidance.
He then presented each of his parents with a pin.
After the colors were retired, everyone enjoyed a lovely reception featuring a delicious cake decorated with specially-made candied merit badges.
As everyone mixed and mingled and enjoyed the refreshments, Eagle Scout Chapman posed for pictures with friends and family.
Congratulations to James and all his family. Special thanks to the Burney Lions for hosting the event and supporting Scouting in the local area.