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Tue, April 23

Four brothers earn the rank of Eagle Scout<BR>

Pat Sharp, 42, a Boy Scout merit badge commissioner, had a special interest in the ceremony honoring seven Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Saturday.

The honor court consisted of Sharp's four sons, Justin, Jeremy, Bryan and Jeff, two nephews and one son of a family friend.

The four Sharp brothers attend Troop 19 of the Southern district of the Boulder Dam area.

"It's been a lot of hard work.

But it's been worth it," Sharp, a former Eagle Scout and Scout Master, said.

As a Boy Scout living in Joseph City, Ariz., Sharp can remember his own experiences in scouting and the amount of effort it took to become an Eagle Scout.

To attain the Eagle rank a Scout must earn 21 merit badges and coordinate and participate in a project that benefits the community in some way.

He has between the ages of 12 to 18 to complete the requirements.

"With the project the Scout can give back to the community in some way or form while demonstrating leadership skills," Sharp said.

Sharp's project included painting the inside of the volunteer fire station in his community.

Finding and completing a project is not a haphazard endeavor, but one that takes planning and developing - and approval by a board of review as to its need and feasibility.

After receiving project approval and two letters of recommendation, the Scout must supervise and participate in the entire project from beginning to end, taking photos and supervising other Scouts who will donate 100 hours of their time to the endeavor.

Sharp's youngest son, Gregory, 14 and Steven, 16, completed their projects at a younger age than 18-year-old twins Justin and Jeremy, Sharp said.

Gregory, and 19 other Scouts, tore down a large eroded rock barbecue pit and installed a new family-size grill in its place at Recreation area No.

2 at Hualapai Mountain Park.

Steven organized a project to install 20 new barbecue grills in the newly-developed Deer Creek day-use area of Hualapai Mountain Park with the help of 20 other scouts.

The work was completed in March of 1999.

Jeremy, and 22 other Scouts, built an 8 x 16 foot storage building for the art department at Mohave Community College, Kingman campus last year.

Justin, and his crew of Scouts, completed construction of a 10 x 10 foot aviary for injured raptors behind a Kingman veterinary clinic, when he was 16.

"I learned there was a need for a refuge for injured birds.

A safe place they could stay until they can be released back into the wild," Justin said.

Each Scout is required to solicit materials for the projects through local businesses.

Sharp, who has worked as a signal supervisor for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company for 24 years, said he included the fact that he was an Eagle Scout on his resume before he was hired.

"I think it may have helped me get this job.

It is quite an achievement.

Only about two out of 100 Boy Scouts become an Eagle Scout."

He added that scouting helps boys become "good citizens, good employers and employees, good fathers and good husbands."

Sharp's wife, Robin, couldn't agree more.

"I am proud of all of them," she said.


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