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Local Boy Scout troop awards 200th Eagle Scout rank
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Special Photo / Boy Scout Troop 463, based at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, recently reached a milestone when Eli McDaniel was awarded his Eagle Scout badge, the troop’s 200th overall. Troop 463 has been continuously active since 1966. McDaniel, center, is shown with, from left, former and current Scout Masters Tom Perry (1988-2001), Bob Smallwood (1974-88), Wayne Miller (2006-present) and Jim Copeland (2001-06).
Special Photo / Boy Scout Troop 463, based at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, recently reached a milestone when Eli McDaniel was awarded his Eagle Scout badge, the troop’s 200th overall. Troop 463 has been continuously active since 1966. McDaniel, center, is shown with, from left, former and current Scout Masters Tom Perry (1988-2001), Bob Smallwood (1974-88), Wayne Miller (2006-present) and Jim Copeland (2001-06).
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Boy Scouts of America Troop 463, based at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, last month hit a major milestone when it awarded its 200th Eagle Scout rank advancement to Eli McDaniel, a rising senior at Riverwood.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Scouting program. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men.

“This is an outstanding and significant achievement for Eli, and for our troop,” said Troop 463 Scoutmaster Wayne Miller. “Nationwide, only 2 percent of boys who start out in Scouting ever achieve this rank.

“I’m proud of all 200 young men who have earned Eagle Scout in Troop 463. This troop has a legacy of keeping boys motivated, giving them great Scouting experiences outdoors, teaching them about service to community and keeping them focused on the rewards that come with the journey toward achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. While our 4 percent success rate is higher than the national average, Eagle Scout achievement is still a rare accomplishment in any troop.”

McDaniel has served as quartermaster and troop guide for Troop 463 and has been elected by his peers into the Order of Arrow.

To become an Eagle Scout, boys are required to earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout spirit through the Boy Scout oath and law, service and leadership. An extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages is also required.

McDaniel planned, organized, purchased materials for and managed the construction of storage cubicles for the church’s ASPIRE after-school enrichment program at the Hitson Center. The young students now each have their own space to store art work, papers and backpacks during the school day.

All requirements must be completed before the Scout’s 18th birthday. Then, the Scout must complete an Eagle Scout board of review. Upon completion, Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge during an Eagle Honor Court ceremony that publicly recognizes the Scout’s efforts and accomplishments.

Sandy Springs United Methodist Church has supported Boy Scout troops since the 1940s starting with Troop 1 of Sandy Springs, then Troop 236 in the 1950s and chartered Troop 463 in 1966.

“The troop, Scouts, parents and adult leaders appreciate Sandy Springs United Methodist Church’s commitment and continued support for over 70 years,” Miller said.
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