Moore gets Eagle award

Builds trophy case for high school
Jun. 11, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

Josh Moore, 16, of Thomasville recently received his Boy Scout Eagle Award.

His parents, Frank and Jennifer Allison, were present at the Troop 17 presentation banquet held May 19 at Jamestown United Methodist Church.

Other scouts who received their Eagle at the same time included Andrew Fisher, Grant Mullins, Ian Foley and Ben Yates.

Scout master David Yates has known all five of the Eagle recipients for a number of years.

"Of all the boys who participate in the program, less than four percent make Eagle," said Yates. "All of these guys were very driven from the beginning of their Boy Scout career. Their level of participation was active; they were serious about it and it was a goal for them from the very beginning."

A rising junior at Trinity High School, Moore began his eagle project in the summer of 2012 — a trophy case for the cultural arts program at the high school. The 10 foot long wood and glass display case is located outside the auditorium. Moore raised over $2,000 in donations as well as 240 service hours spent completing the project.

Moore said the project taught him a lot.

"My Eagle Scout project has taught me how to lead and teach others," he said. "It also taught me how to organize my work and execute it better. I learned that when plans fall through, you have to find another way to get your goal."

Moore became hooked on scouting during his early years with participation in Pinewood Derby, in which Cub Scouts make homemade wooden cars and then hold a race to see which car is fastest.

"The Pinewood Derby was a fun activity. I enjoyed building new cars with my dad every year to race them," he said.

Moore didn't stop with Pinewood Derby, though. He earned the Arrow of Light, in addition to the Super Achiever award for earning all 20 Webelo pins and the God and Family award.

Moore has availed himself of many scouting activities, including summer and winter camps, National Scout Jamboree and merit badge college. He has held several offices including troop guide, assistant patrol leader,  patrol leader and bugler. He was also a patrol leader for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

He has earned more than 40 badges at the boy scout level, in addition to his God and Country award and Eagle Bronze Palm.

He is currently working on his Eagle Gold Palm.

Besides Boy Scouts, Moore participates in Tri-M, marching band, jazz band, and is a member of the "Carolina Gold" Drum and Bugle Corp. His hobbies include wakeboarding, skiing and snowboarding.

"My scouting experiences have and will play a major role in my plans for the future," he said. "Scouting has taught me leadership skills, outdoor skills, teamwork, first aid, safety and to be better prepared."

He is glad he participated in scouting and would hope to share the opportunity with others.

"My scouting experience is something I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Moore. “I plan to continue in scouting through my high school years. I look forward to teaching and guiding the younger scouts in my troop through the trail to Eagle."