Aug. 11, 2010
-- Only 2 percent of all Boy Scouts ever make it to Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle". Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.
Truman Noah Cerney 12, formerly of Columbia South Carolina and now living in San Diego California received this high distinction on Tuesday. Truman completed all requirements to become an Eagle Scout on July 18, 2010. Truman received his Eagle Board of Review to affirm his promotion and award on August 10th 2010. So at the age of 12 years 3 months and 10 days Truman Cerney has become the youngest in US History. According to internet archives, the youngest known Eagle Scout is Mr. Richard Brown of Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Brown earned his Eagle on September 21, 1955 at the age of 12 years, 3 months and 27 days.
Truman’s father Mark V. Cerney President of NOKR was on hand to witness this historic day. Mark said “My son is a symbol of the young American Sprit, God and Country, in a can do nation”.
This prestigious Eagle Scout award has also been given to former President Gerald Ford, Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Director Steven Spielberg, Businessman Steve Fossett and Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld just to name a few very notable awardees.
Truman has also been recognized by several prominent leaders such as President Obama, former US Presidents Carter and Bush, Pope Benedict XVI and Christian evangelist Billy Graham. Truman even got a letter from Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. The list of accolades Truman has received from this milestone alone fills a three ring binder. What will Truman do in his immediate future? Truman will be seeking a new Boy Scout Troop in San Diego to continue his journey in the next month and get back to his passion, the great American game of baseball.
2010 is also a milestone for the Boy Scouts of American; this is the 100th Anniversary of Scouting. Truman Cerney has only added to the BSA’s now rich history in 2010.