Ackerman sophomore earns prestigious Eagle Scout rank

By press reports

Tyler Cagle of Ackerman has reached the pinnacle of his Scouting efforts. He has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank – that of Eagle Scout.

A Court of Honor for Tyler was held Sunday, Nov. 3 at Chester Baptist Church. Tyler was recognized as a Centennial Eagle Scout, having earned the rank in the 100th anniversary year of Eagle Scouting. Tyler is a member of Troop 41, which is part of the Pushmataha Area Council.

Since the Boy Scouts of America organization was founded in 1910, members of the Boy Scouts have truly lived a life of achievement, leadership and service.

Tyler began scouting in 2003 as a Tiger Cub and completed all ranks of Cub Scouting before crossing over into Boy Scouting. He concluded his Trail to Eagle with the completion of an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project and passage through a rigorous Board of Review, which ensures the ideals of Scouting and the esteem of the Eagle Rank are upheld. Tyler’s project was a rustic hitching rail for the French Camp Historic District, which will be utilized for the town’s annual Pioneer Day and by equestrians traveling the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.

Since 2009, Tyler has also been a member of the prestigious Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow (known as OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. The society was created in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law as lifelong guidelines. OA uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting.

Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or Brothers, are organized into local youth-led lodges that harbor fellowship, promote camping, and render service to Boy Scout councils and their communities.

In the coming years, Tyler plans to further his achievements with membership in the National Eagle Scout Association. He will also volunteer with local Cub Scouting as he works to earn Eagle Palms by furthering his service and leadership activities.

Tyler is a 15 year-old sophomore at Ackerman High School and the son of Dale and Amy Cagle. He attends Chester Baptist Church and is a member of the Ackerman Indians varsity football team. He plans to one day be a Scoutmaster.

Leaders for Troop 41 are Mike Hughes and Charles Oswalt, and assistant leaders are Marty Crowder, Robert Huffman, and Dale Cagle.

Besides Tyler, Troop 41 members include Ben Chambers, Clay Crowder, Scott Hughes, Kyle Lucas, Chay Oswalt, Trevor Reed, Alex Robison, Kirk Shearer, and Kent Vaughn, all of Ackerman; Jacob Ansley of French Camp, and Drew Huffman of Mathiston. Troop 41 was chartered by the Ackerman United Methodist Church 44 years ago, and since that time has enjoyed a great history with Boy Scouts of America.