Lyon earns Eagle Scout title

GABRIELS – Boy Scout Troop 12 of Gabriels recently celebrated Timothy Lyon’s achievement of the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank given to a Boy Scout.

The youngest son of Rick and Heidi Lyon, Tim is a third generation scouter and the second Eagle in his family (his brother Rob earned his Eagle in 2006).

He is a senior at Saranac Lake High School and plans to join the military when he graduates and pursue a career in law enforcement.

To achieve the Eagle rank a scout has to, among many other things, complete an Eagle Project. This is a project that demonstrates the key skills that are taught throughout a scout’s advancement: leadership, responsibility, and how to manage projects. It also is an opportunity for scouts to apply their Scout Oath-“to help other people.” Less than 4 percent of scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. A true testament to the commitment required.

Tim Lyon’s inspiration for his Eagle Project came when he attended a town of Santa Clara Board meeting to fulfill a merit badge requirement in August of 2012. While at the meeting, Tim learned that the Town wanted to improve the external appearance of its town hall. He approached Town Supervisor Marcell Webb and asked if there was something he could do to help; he had some ideas.

Webb asked him to return to the next meeting to share a proposal, and he proposed a plan for landscaping, handicap parking, general improvements, installation of an entire new sign and flag pole. The board approved his proposal, and the rest is history.

Troop 12 scouts backpack, rock climb, canoe, whitewater kayak, mountain bike and spend a lot of time “off trail” at Camporees throughout the region. They also do service for the community, raising money for local families in crisis and supporting Eagle Projects like Tim’s.

For more information about scouting with Troop 12, contact Bob Eckert at 518-327-3554.