By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – An Eagle Scout soared over July Fourth weekend. After a six year commitment, hundreds of accomplishments and a six month wait on the ceremony, Stewart Thacker went through his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday afternoon. The ceremony was held at the LaFollette United Methodist Church and featured videos of his time in Boy Scouts, along with several guest speakers and a reception that followed.
State Senator Ken Yager and State Representative Dennis Powers were guest speakers alongside Stewart’s father Chris Thacker, who is also the troop leader for Troop 310.
Yager and Powers read a proclamation of honor in regards to Stewart achieving the highest rank in scouting.
“This is quite an achievement, and I know I’m going to see you go on to do great things,” Yager said.
The Eagle Scout Court of Honor is a reflection on what it means to be a Boy Scout and the amount of hard work and commitment that it takes to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Part of earning his rank was through his Eagle Scout project, which was to build an outdoor sanctuary for Cedar Hill Baptist Church.
He selected it as his Eagle Scout project because he said he wanted to “give back to the church” and to his pastor, the late Ronnie Arnold. The project consisted of a 10 feet tall cross with landscaping, as well as six rough cut cedar benches.
Stewart is also the recipient of the Boy Scout National Award of Merit and multiple other awards. During his time in Scouting he has earned 107 merit badges and 23 various other Scout awards. He has accrued more than 400 individual service hours.
He began his Boy Scout journey in October 2015 when he was 11 years old and in the fifth grade. His dad Chris Thacker stepped up to fill the role of Boy Scout leader when it was obvious that one was needed to help his son achieve his dream.
Stewart’s mom Crystal Thacker is the committee vice-chair for Troop 310.
During the ceremony, Stewart placed pins on his parents, as well as his grandparents. He, along with the rest of Troop 310 also presented a wooden Eagle piece to Troop Leader Chris Thacker.
It was a “proud moment” for both as Troop Leader Chris Thacker pinned the official Eagle Scout pin on his son.
Stewart provided closing remarks with a special thanks to his parents, family and friends and community leaders.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me to get to where I am at; this has been an incredible journey and I am just so grateful for all of you,” Stewart Thacker said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/06/2021-6AM)