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A McDonough, Ga., resident with ties to Grayson County, has attained the highest rank in the Boy Scouting Program of the Boy Scouts of America.
JohnAndrew Osborne has achieved the rank of Eagle, joining more than 2 million young men in America to have earned this rare distinction.
Osborne is the grandson of Elaine and Tommy Osborne of Elk Creek, while his Aunt Jodie Osborne and Cousin Laura Lane Osborne reside in Independence.
Osborne, who has been involved in Boy Scouting since 1999, when he started as a Cub Scout, is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 163 in McDonough, Georgia, which is part of the Flint River Council.
In order to earn the rank of Eagle, a Boy Scout must advance his rank by earning 21 required and elective merit badges, holding positions of leadership in the troop, participating in community service projects, and giving leadership to others by completing a service project that benefits his community. The Eagle candidate also must take part in a Scoutmaster conference and successfully pass a Board of Review.
Osborne was presented with his Eagle Scout credentials by Mike Roberson, scoutmaster of Troop 163, at a ceremony held Oct. 17.
“In scouting, boys are given opportunities to learn and experience things almost all the time, and JohnAndrew was no exception,” says Roberson. “I remember during our Troop’s attendance at “Scout day at the Capitol” that JohnAndrew was intrigued with all of the artifacts on display. He spent a great deal of time reading and studying about all the items he could during our visit to the Capitol.”
Osborne’s Eagle Scout ceremony was conducted at Tussahaw Island – the public use area on the Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority’s (HCWSA) Tussahaw Reservoir – where there is evidence of some of his community service project work. With the help of his father MarcAndrew and a host of volunteers, Osborne constructed a 6’ x 20’ walking bridge to connect a nature trail system at Tussahaw Island. The project took approximately three months to complete.
After receiving his rank from Roberson, Osborne reflected on what his scouting experience had meant to him, noting the dedication of his scoutmaster and the benefits of his mentoring.
The newly anointed Eagle Scout confirmed: “I couldn’t have asked for a better scoutmaster.”
Roberson likewise says he is proud of Osborne and pleased he received something positive out of the scouting experience.
“Being involved in scouting is part of who and what I am, and God gave me the gift to help all these young people (in my Troop), to get them started down the right path of life,” says Roberson, who hopes his scouts pass this knowledge on to others.
Osborne also was honored during his Eagle ceremony with presentations by Commandant Tom Oakes, Adjutant/Paymaster Russ Vermillion, and Judge Advocate Sam Lites, of the Marine Corps League McDonough Detachment #1339, as well as Joe Watson, Grand Secretary of The Grand Lodge of Georgia F&AM, and Tony Carnell, PE, and Director of Engineering for the HCWSA.
Osborne graduated from Ola High School in McDonough, Georgia. He is a freshman at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, studying engineering as a HOPE scholarship recipient.