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September 22, 2012

Milford boy earns Eagle Scout badge

A Milford teen said it was his mother’s idea to sign him up for Cub Scouts at age 5, but he’s glad he stuck with it.

Max Lang, 14, has since moved up the Boy Scouting ranks and earned his Eagle Scout badge.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank attainable in the Boy Scout program of the Boy Scouts of America.

The title of “Eagle Scout” is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Lang, who is a member of Troop 31 in Milford, said his continuous dedication to the Scouts has given him a sense of accomplishment.

“I had a lot of people who were with me in Cub Scouts drop out. I am glad I didn’t do that. I was able to persevere and achieve the highest rank,” he said.    

To become an Eagle Scout one must progress through the ranks in the following order: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and then Eagle. Then 21 merit badges must be earned. Other requirements include serving six months in a troop leadership position, planning, developing and giving leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community, taking part in a Scoutmaster conference and successfully completing an Eagle Scout board review.

Lang’s Scoutmaster, Harold Ashe, said less than 2 percent of Boy Scouts go on to become Eagle Scouts.  

“For him, this is quite an accomplishment,” he said.  “He has shown leadership and organizational skills and had to lead a bunch of boys in order to get the project done and he got it done in timely manner. He met all the requirements and did a nice job in doing so.”

Lang’s leadership service project can be found in Milford’s Wilber Park. He raised money, organized and oversaw the construction of a blue rock flat stone patio with a raised stone flower bed with roses, two benches, four flowering trees and a twisted hibiscus. He said he also built a bike rack.

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