Local Scout soars to Eagle rank
If You Go
What: Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Christian Apps
Where: Trinity Church, Edwards
When: 6 p.m. Monday
Information: The Eagle Scout rank is Boy Scouting’s highest honor. For more information on Boy Scout Troop 231, please go to www.troop231vail.com.
Notable Eagle Scouts
There are four known Nobel Prize Laureate who are Eagle Scouts: Dudley R. Herschbach, Peter Agre, Robert Coleman Richardson and Frederick Reines.
Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States
Neil Armstrong, First man on the moon
Steve Fossett, world-record holder; first to circumnavigate Earth solo in a balloon and an airplane
Willie Banks, Olympic athlete, former world-record holder in triple jump and long jump
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Guion “Guy” S. Bluford Jr., retired U.S. Air Force officer and space shuttle astronaut; first African American in space
Bill Bradley, former professional basketball player, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate
Stephen Breyer, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Mike Crapo, U.S. senator from Idaho
William C. DeVries, M.D., surgeon and educator; transplanted the first artificial heart
Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate
Mike Enzi, U.S. senator from Wyoming
Thomas Foley, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and ambassador to Japan
Chan Gailey, college and professional football coach
John Garamendi, lieutenant governor of California
Bill Gates Sr., CEO of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; father of Bill Gates
Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Michael Kahn, Academy Award–winning film editor
James A. Lovell Jr., former U.S. Navy officer and Apollo 13 commander
Gary Locke, Former governor of Washington; first Chinese American governor in the United States
Richard G. Lugar, U.S. senator from Indiana
J. Willard Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International
George Meyer, writer and producer of “The Simpsons”
Ben Nelson, U.S. senator from Nebraska
H. Ross Perot, founder of EDS and Perot Systems; former presidential candidate
Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
Beasley Reece, former NFL player and sportscaster
Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs” television program
Donald Rumsfeld, former U. S. secretary of defense
Jefferson Sessions, U.S. senator from Alabama
William S. Sessions, former federal judge and director of the FBI
John Tesh, recording artist and performer
Togo West, former U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of the Army
EDWARDS — A Battle Mountain High School senior has earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
Fewer than 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank, and Christian Apps is now one of them.
The Eagle rank is the pinnacle of almost 10 years of adventure, fun, work and dedication by Apps to the Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs. Apps is a member of Vail Troop 231.
Earning your Eagle
By the time Eagle Scouts reach that lofty rank, they will have earned at least 21 merit badges, demonstrated Scout Spirit and learned and demonstrated leadership skills. After all that, the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages an extensive Eagle service project.
“One of the great lessons of Boy Scouting is the ability to create a long-term goal, and work toward it incrementally,” Apps said.
Apps did a couple projects. To earn his Life Scout rank, Scouting’s second-highest rank, he led a project restoring illegal campsites and building trail signs in the Holy Cross Wilderness, Fancy Pass area. He and his project were featured in the April 2014 edition of Boy’s Life Magazine.
The Eagle Scout service project is designed to help any community, religious institution, or school. The written project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, the scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before you start.
For his Eagle project, Apps combined his love of Nordic skiing with Scouting. Apps skied on Battle Mountain High School’s 2015 state championship Nordic ski team. His Eagle project was to organize, fundraise and coordinate creating, building and installing more than 30 new trail signs for the Maloit Park Nordic Park in Minturn. Those signs are built from beetle kill pine trees.
Apps said that like all Eagle Scouts, he didn’t climb to that height by himself.
“Along with my parents, Jeff and Sandy Apps, I would like to thank the adult leaders of Troop 231, the scouts of Troop 231 and Nate Free, Scoutmaster of Troop 231, who has been with me since I was a Cub Scout,” Apps said.
On the path to his Eagle rank, Apps has helped in many community service projects, provided service and leadership to his troop, and is currently serving as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster to Troop 231. On his way through the ranks, he has served as a patrol leader, senior patrol leader and was nominated to attend both National Youth Leadership Training and to become a member of the Order of the Arrow.
He attended High Adventure Scout camps at Sea Base in the Bahamas and Northern Tier in the Minnesota Boundary Waters.
In addition to the traditional outdoor skills learned in Boy Scouts, Apps has a host of merit badges including those from wilderness survival, citizenship in the world and personal management.
About Eagle Scouts
Scouting’s highest honor was created in 1911. The first Eagle Scout medal was awarded in 1912 to Arthur Rose Eldred, a 17-year-old member of Troop 1 of Rockville Center, Long Island, New York. Eldred earned his Eagle award even before the badge’s design was finished, so he had to wait until Labor Day, Sept. 2, 1912. Eldred’s son and grandson earned the Eagle rank as well.
In 1982, 13-year-old Alexander Holsinger, of Normal, Illinois, was recognized as the one-millionth Eagle Scout. In 2009, Anthony Thomas, of Lakeville, Minnesota, was recognized as the two-millionth.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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