At Sunday’s Boy Scout Troop 91 Day at First United Methodist Church in Morristown, two young people were awarded Scouting’s highest award, the Eagle Scout.
This year is the 80th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 91, sponsored by the church since 1940.
Jacapo DiLuzio and Tanner Keck have both completed Eagle Scout projects this past year.
DiLuzio completed his project at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Morristown. He built a brick mailbox for the church that included a flower garden area on the side of the mailbox. He also repaired the children’s playground area and equipment at St. Patrick. This included replacing swing set seats, repainting all of the equipment, and resurfacing the play area with sand.
Jacapo DiLuzio is the son of Vittorio and Paola Diluzio.
Under Jacopo’s leadership, the total number of hours to complete the project was 237.5 hours.
Jacapo is a 2019 graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West. He is a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, majoring in engineering.
Tanner Keck constructed an outdoor pavilion beside the children’s playground at First United Methodist Church. The pavilion is 20’ x 24’ with a concrete floor and a hip-style shingled roof that matches the church architecture. It is finished off with a vinyl ceiling and trim that also matches the church building. The pavilion will be versatile for the church that can be used for recreation, picnics, leisure, worship, and educational purposes.
Tanner put 703.5 hours into his project.
The son of Thomas and Barbie Keck remembered that he came to “Parents’ Day Out” at the church when he was younger. He joined the Cub Scouts when he was in kindergarten.
Tanner is a senior at Grainger High School in Rutledge, where he sports a 3.5 grade point average. He enjoys group activities, including an engineering and computer drafting program. Keck did an internship with the Tennessee Valley Authority to be a drafter. Keck also works part-time at Clinchview Golf Course in Bean Station to earn money for college. He is a dual-enrollment student at Walters State Community College. Keck is planning to attend college for either construction management or civil engineering.
“Both of these young men came from Cub Scouts and progressed through the ranks to Boy Scouts,” said Larry Swinson, scoutmaster of Troop 91. “On Scout Sunday, we traditionally award Eagle Scouts if we have any who are eligible.”
The requirements for the Eagle rank are as follows:
• The Scout must have completed the first six ranks of Boy Scouts and earned 21 merit badges, including 13 which are required by the National Scouting Program.
• While a Life Scout, he must serve actively in a Troop Leadership Position for a period of at least six months.
• While a Life Scout, plan, develop, carry out and give leadership to others in a service project, worthy of an Eagle Scout, helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community.
• An Eagle Scout candidate must appear before a board of review of prominent persons and satisfy them that he has done his best to understand and live up to the Scout Oath and Law and, in all ways, qualify for the Eagle Scout Award.