Prather waits anxiously to hear on Eagle Scout status

After earning 21 merit badges and conducting a Bike Safety Rodeo, Jonathan Prather awaits word on if he will be awarded Eagle Scout status. JENNIFER BARTLETT/Miner

After earning 21 merit badges and conducting a Bike Safety Rodeo, Jonathan Prather awaits word on if he will be awarded Eagle Scout status. JENNIFER BARTLETT/Miner

KINGMAN - Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Prather is anxiously awaiting news from the Boy Scout Headquarters in Texas on whether or not he has achieved the coveted status of Eagle Scout.

With the completion of his Bike Safety Rodeo on July 7, Prather has met all of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout.

With the aid of the Kingman Police Department, Prather helped 50 children go through a bike safety class and a bike safety track. The day was designed to help children learn how to ride their bikes safely and maintain a healthy respect for traffic.

During the event, Prather said they also had face painting and a raffle for a girl's bike, a boy's bike and a junior's bike, donated by the Masonic Lodge. Prather did not charge the children for the raffle tickets.

However, he did sell hotdogs and drinks at the rodeo, raising $127, which he donated to the Kingman Area Food Bank "to help people." The Food Bank is a good way to help a lot of people, he said.

Prather started in Cub Scouts and has slowly worked his way through the ranks of Boy Scouts and Life Scout. As a Life Scout, Prather said he had to do a service project as one of the requirements to keep progressing. The service project had to show his leadership experience as well as help the community.

In addition, Prather said he had to earn 21 merit badges, 12 which are Eagle-required. In addition, his troop has voted him the Senior Patrol Leader.

Prather said it would take approximately five weeks to hear back from Texas, verifying that he has met all of the requirements.