June 23, 2024

Troop 45 Dighton member Hunter LeBlanc awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.


Hunter has been involved in Scouting as long as he can remember. He began his journey with Pack 1 Rehoboth as a Cub-Scout and his determination to push for excellence was already evident. Hunter was awarded “Best in Show” for his Polar Bear cake at the annual cake decorating contest. He advanced to the finals of the BSA Council Pinewood Derby Race with his car after having placed first in his Pack race, and second in the Regional race. He earned his Arrow of Light and crossed-over into Troop 3 North Dighton. He joined Troop 45 Dighton in early 2024 when Troop 3 disbanded.

Hunter has always been focused on reaching Eagle, but a having his older sister in the BSA program certainly helped to keep the fire lit. “It was a wonderful opportunity to work together on ranking requirements and merit badges even though we were in separate Troops”.

Becoming an Eagle Scout takes a significant amount of hard work and dedication. After advancing through six other ranks, a Scout must fulfill requirements that include: completing at least 21 merit badges (14 are specifically required), holding a position of responsibility within the troop, and finally planning, leading and managing a service project that benefits the community. Hunter has earned 33 merit badges, and served as an Instructor and Patrol Leader. He was nominated by his troop and served in Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Project, Hunter primed and painted metal fence posts and joined them with a decorative chain, planted perennials and mulched the planting bed, re-painted the lines of the parking lot, and cleaned moss from an alley retaining wall. He led a group of fellow Scouts and adults in completing this effort which greatly improves the accessibility and aesthetics of All Saint’s Church in Attleboro, MA “This was a challenging project” he noted, “I needed to keep three teams moving forward simultaneously to meet my deadline”. Hunter logged in over 160 hours of service in completing his project. He was awarded the rank of Eagle on May 14, 2024, at a formal ceremony held at the Superior Court House in Taunton, MA.

Hunter is currently an Honors Freshman at Dighton-Rehoboth High School. He is hoping to be selected to the Varsity Football team this fall, and he would like to further his studies in Automotive Technology, or Mechanical Engineering. “I am grateful for the skills I have learned during my Scouting experience; I know they will serve me well for the rest of my life.”

Troop 45 is always accepting new male members from 11-17. To find out more, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1153216255318036/ 


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