Unity Boy Scout earns Eagle rank

Oct 08, 2016
Courtesy of: Ronald Emery Christian Hunter of Unity, who became an Eagle Scout in September.

Unity — Christian Hunter, son of Chrissy and Keith Hunter of Unity, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America. A member of China Troop 479, Hunter was honored at a ceremony and celebration last month at Quaker Hill Christian Church in Unity.

An integral component of Eagle requirements is a service project. The candidate must develop the project, organize the materials and manpower, and supervise its completion.

Hunter’s project was to rebuild the fence surrounding the cemetery behind Quaker Hill Christian Church, including straightening stones, building benches and planting shrubs. He led family members, friends and other Scouts from Troop 479 in the project.

To celebrate his accomplishment, friends, family members, elected officials and other Boy Scouts gathered Sept. 17 for Hunter's Eagle Scout ceremony. Misha Littlefield opened the ceremony and introduced Pastor Michael Senacal of Quaker Hill Christian Church to offer the invocation. Scout Advancement Chairman Ron Emery served as moderator.

Scouts Nick Shelton and Hunter Praul lit 12 small candles as each part of the Scout Law was read by Scout Aiden Pettengill. Scout Nick Shelton lit three large candles as the Scout Oath was read by Eagle Scout Sean Stewart. Scout Alex Stewart then led the rank advancement section, and Nick Shelton lit a candle as each rank was introduced.

The Eagle candle was lit by Hunter’s uncle, Eagle Scout Eric Warman of Unity. Scoutmaster Scott Adams was then introduced to present the Eagle Scout Awards. Scout Hunter Praul escorted Christian and his parents to the front. The Eagle badge was presented to Christian’s mother to pin on Christian’s uniform. A miniature Eagle badge was given to Christian to pin on his mother. An Eagle neckerchief was given to his father to place around the neck of his son. Adams then introduced Warman, who gave the Eagle Charge.

Hunter credited his Scout leaders for having faith in him and giving him a push whenever he needed a little help with merit badges and for finishing his Eagle project. He thanked all the guests for coming and all those who helped him earn his Eagle rank.

Assistant Scoutmaster Darryl Praul read the Honor Roll for Troop 479 and had Eagle Scout Hunter advance his name. Assistant Scoutmaster Doug Leonard presented gifts from the Troop Committee.

Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Emery then introduced special guests. Mark Kantio from Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s office in Bangor presented a letter of congratulations to Hunter, along with a U.S. flag that had been flown over the Capitol in Washington, D. C. State Sen. Michael Thibodeau presented Legislative Sentiments and also a flag flown over the State House in Augusta. Sentiments from Sen. Susan Collins were presented by Chuck Mahaleris, Kennebec Valley Advancement chairman. Letters of sentiment were received from Presidents George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush, Rep. Chellie Pingree and Gov. Paul LePage.

Hunter’s parents had prepared a slide show for their son titled, “Christian’s Journey to Eagle.” Requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout require mastery of basic skills, a minimum of 21 merit badges, and service in a position of leadership in the troop for at least six months after attaining the rank of Life Scout. Christian is also a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Hunter plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

Also included are before and after photos of the fence and a photo of Christian Hunter. Let me know if you have questions. Cell 446-2876 and work 624-3181and home 445-4118 Ron Emery Inline image 1 Inline image 2 Inline image 3 --

Hunter’s Eagle Scout project was to rebuild this fence surrounding the cemetery behind Quaker Hill Christian Church, including straightening stones, building benches and planting shrubs. (Photo by: Ronald Emery)
Shown here completed, Hunter's project involved his leadership in enlisting the help of family members, friends and other Scouts from Troop 479 to restore the cemetery and fence. (Photo by: Ronald Emery)
Members of Boy Scout Troop 479 surround Eagle Scout Christian Hunter Sept. 17. (Courtesy of: Ronald Emery)
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