|Glade Hill teen says it’s his ‘greatest achievement’|
Kyle Bidwell (center) of Glade Hill poses with his parents, Joe and Betty Bidwell, after receiving the Eagle Scout designation at a Troop 130 Court of Honor ceremony on May 24 at Epworth United Methodist Church.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Kyle Bidwell of Glade Hill earned his Eagle Scout designation on May 24 at a Court of Honor conducted at Epworth United Methodist Church in Moneta.
Friends and family joined members and leaders of Troop 130 of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council for the celebration.
"Receiving my Eagle Scout has been the greatest achievement of my life," said Bidwell. "I will remember, as long as I live, what being an Eagle Scout means."
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain the rank of Eagle, according to the BSA. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating ideals of service and leadership, including organizing and leading an extensive service project.
Bidwell, a rising senior at Franklin County High School, aspires to work in wildlife conservation.
He completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project in June 2013 by building access steps at Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy.
Bidwell, 17, is the son of Joe and Betty Bidwell.