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Posted: March 21, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

By Brittany Thomas/

n Eagle Scout Court of Honor was called at Mt. Pleasant UMC Saturday afternoon to celebrate 18-year-old Travis James Mumford earning his Eagle Scout badge.

 The highest and most coveted rank of scouting, only roughly 2 percent of all scouts will obtain the rank of Eagle. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and completing a service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads and manages that benefits a non-profit organization, school or church. Mumford rebuilt a fence that surrounds the cemetery at Mt. Pleasant.

 Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million scouts. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle."

 "When I started [in scouting] I never intended to finish it," said Mumford. "But as soon as I saw an Eagle Scout badge I knew I wanted one of those badges."

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