Trustworthy, loyal, friendly, kind, thrifty, brave, reverent.
Those are but a few of the trademarks which set a member of the Boy Scouts apart.
On Saturday, March 10, those characteristics and others were highlighted Ian Patrick, Joel Martin and Sheldon and Dalton Henderson, became four of the newest Eagle Scout members of Troop 78 in Grove.
The young men were celebrated during an afternoon Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Church of the Shepherd in Grove.
Todd Deakins, Troop 78 scoutmaster, said of the 50,494 young men to earn Boy Scouting's highest honor in 2017, 503 reside in Oklahoma.
He said of those 503 young men, 24 - including Patrick, Martin and the Hendersons - reside in the Cherokee Area Council.
Deakins said the 2017 class of Eagle Scouts is the fourth largest in the country. Statistically only two percent of all Boy Scouts obtain the Eagle Scout rank.
"This is a culmination of efforts from the scouts to the various troop leaders and their parents," Deakins said. "This is a goal that has been in the works for many many years."
Deakins and Randy Asbery, former scoutmaster for the troop, administered the Eagle Scout challenge to the four young men, challenging them to live a humble life filled with honor, loyalty, courage, cheerfulness and service.
About their projects
Dalton Henderson completed his Eagle rank with 39 badges, earning a silver palm designation.
His project consisted of building a walkway to the gazebo at Lendonwood Gardens, which allow residents of Grove Nursing center a handicapped accessible path between the botanical gardens and their residence.
He recognized John Henry Ward as his mentor, for providing encouragement throughout his academic and athletic endeavors. He also recognized Roger Endo for serving as his project coach.
Shelton Henderson completed his Eagle rank with 31 badges, earning a gold palm designation.
His project consisted of completing a deck and seating in the courtyard at Grove Middle School. The area was designed to provide outdoor seating for students during the lunch breaks.
He recognized his project coach, his step-father, and his mentor, Kevin Kirby during the ceremony.
The Hendersons are the sons of Carrie and Wade Davis and the late Donnie Henderson.
Martin completed his Eagle rank with 27 badges, earning a bronze palm designation.
His project consisted of power washing the visitor's kiosk and completing benches at the Grand Lake Visitor's Center - home to the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Lake Association and the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau.
The son of Julie and Keith Martin, Martin recognized his father for serving as his mentor.
Patrick completed his Eagle rank with 31 badges, earning him a gold palm designation.
His project, working in conjunction with Dalton Henderson, involved refurbishing the gazebo at Lendonwood Gardens, with a goal of providing a covered outdoor space for residents at Grove Nursing Center.
He recognized multiple members of the Grove faculty in attendance for helping him achieve his goal of Eagle Scout, joking that his parents say it takes a country, rather than a village to raise him.
He recognized his mentor and grandfather, Dale Patrick, for teaching him to be a man. He is the son of Ray and Cindy Pruitt.