LAURINBURG — Recent Scotland High School graduate, Charles ” Grant” Ciarrocca was awarded the Eagle Scout Badge.
Ciarrocca is the 162nd person from Boy Scout Troop 420 to earn the honor, with the first recipient dating back to 1932.
The honor was earned by building the “Saint Luke Nature Trail” for the Saint Lauke United Methodist Church.
“I would ask Mr. Scoofer Jordan to come forward,” Ciarrocca said during his acceptance speech. “Mr. Jordan has been a life-long friend to my family and is a leader in our church. He had an idea over 30 years ago to create a trail for the enjoyment of the church and community.”
Ciarrocca is the son of Melisa and Brian Ciarrocca of Laurinburg and the grandson of Tony Ciarrocca.
“Grandpa played a major role in assisting my father and fellow Boy Scouts in clearing the trail,” Grant said. “He provided the equipment and knowledge needed to complete such a large, labor intensive task and also donated three benches that provide rest areas along the trail
To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, including 12 of which are required. He must serve actively in a troop leadership position for a period of six months after achieving the rank of Life Scout.
While a Life Scout, he must plan, develop, and carry out a service project helpful to a religious institution, school, or community in a manner worthy of an Eagle Scout.
Additionally, he must demonstrate, through the testimony of character references and otherwise, that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. Finally, he must appear before a Board of Review to have his application reviewed.
“Eagle Scout Charles Grant Ciarrocca, I charge you to live with honor. An Eagle’s honor is sacred, for it is the foundation of all character. Character is what you really are deep down inside, not what you think you are. May the white on your badge remind you to live with honor,” said Bob Weagraff, Boy Scouts district unit commissioner.
Grant will attend High Point University as a Presidential Scholar this fall to study pre-pharmacy.