- Written by Administrator
- Published: 27 November 2013
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable within the Boy Scouts of America. A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men.
The Spartans were a patrol in Duxbury’s Troop 62, which was lead by Dr. Scott Oliver. Of the nine scouts who remained through high school, eight achieved and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The time, dedication, passion and boundless energy shown by Dr. Oliver is appreciated by his patrol, who wished to express their thanks.
"I can say with confidence that if I hadn't had Doc O as a mentor, constant inspiration and model of perseverance, leadership, and responsibility, I simply wouldn't be the per- son I am today,” said Tommy Blanchard. “Thanks for putting up with us, Doc O!"
Brendan Allen said, thanks to Dr. Oliver’s time, commit- ment and “nudges along the way,” he was able to become an Eagle Scout.
“I now have the drive and ability to reach all my future goals,” Allen said. “Thank you!”
Tommy Sarles said Dr. Oliver was a positive influence in his life.
“I couldn’t have achieved the rank of Eagle without his support and encouragement,” Sarles said. “He taught me many life lessons.”
Lucas Schneiderhan, said Dr. Oliver inspired him to become a better person, whether it was teaching him how to become an Eagle Scout or hiking through freezing rain on Mount Washington with a smile on his face.
“He not only had to deal with our patrols’ antics and craziness on a regular basis, but also was able to teach us ev- erything we needed to know to become an Eagle Scout,” he said. “Doctor Oliver devoted his time, energy, and money to help a bunch of goofy kids become men and I will forever be thankful for everything he has done for me. “
Matt McCutcheon said he learned how to fulfill the scout motto, Be Prepared, in his everyday life thanks to the ex- ample Dr. Oliver showed his scouts.
“Whatever the activity was; a 12-day, 100 mile hiking excursion in New Mexico, or just a regular weekly scout meeting, he was the one who made me appreciate being prepared,” he said. “Thank you sincerely Doctor Oliver.”
James Oliver, Dr. Oliver’s son, said his father made his Boy Scout experience the most positive one of his childhood.
“With his constant support, enthusiasm, and guidance, Doc O epitomized the values that Scouting revolves around and set an exceptional example for us Spartans to follow,” he said. “He led us on countless adventures, often arranging them himself, and introduced the entire troop to the concept of “high adventure” outings by pioneering Philmont for Troop 62.”
Even more importantly, James Oliver said his father’s medical experience saved the scouts from “many trips to the ER.”
“I am extremely grateful that he dedicated all those years to shepherding a band of misfits like us to Eagle and I know that I, along with the rest of the Scouts, will greatly miss spending time with Doc O in uniform,” he said. “Thanks for everything, Dad.”