Boy Scout Troop 146 – Eagle Court of Honor
Hoboken Boy Scout Charles D. Bates honored this weekend
Did you know that over the past 100 years, only 2% of all Boy Scouts ever become “Eagle Scouts?”
Well – The Hoboken Boy Scout Troop 146 is holding a celebration this Saturday, October 15th at 12:30pm over at the Elks Club (10th & Washington) to honor Charles D. Bates for his incredible accomplishments within the Boy Scout organization. Read on to see what amazing things Charles did! Congrats all around!
“Charles D. Bates is the elder of two children of David Bates and Joan Allman. He joined Cub Scout Pack 146 in December 2001 where he earned its highest award, the Arrow of Light. He then graduated into Boy Scout Troop 146 in February 2004, again earning its highest award of Eagle Scout. Charlie is also a member of the Order of the Arrow in Lenapehoking Lodge IX.
Charlie’s Eagle project was a successful blood drive run on behalf of the Red Cross and our sponsor, St. Francis R.C. Church of Hoboken. By way of preparation, Charlie had to make all the arrangements for date, time, location, sign-ups, handouts, flyers, and other publicity. On the day of the project, he supervised his Scout volunteers to ensure that they correctly handled the complex Red Cross intake paperwork for each donor who arrived that day. Charlie completed his Eagle Board of Review in mid-July, shortly after his 18th birthday..
In Troop 146 Charlie has held several leadership positions, including two as Patrol Leader, both times leading his Scouts to earn the Honor Patrol award for that semester. However, Charlie’s most important position was his 2-year term as Senior Patrol Leader. Of special note was his decision to take charge of the Troop’s entire program, when he and his two Assistant SPLs took on many of the planning and organizational tasks typically handled by the Troop’s adult leaders.
While at St. Peter’s Prep, Charlie joined the track team, specializing in cross-country with its grueling training regimen, and serving as the captain of the cross-country runners. In the community, Charlie was a regular volunteer at both the Hoboken Shelter for the homeless, and the In Jesus’ Name food pantry. His dedication to service is also reflected in the 30 Scout service projects he attended. Charlie is currently a freshman at Villanova University and a member of the Wildcat’s track and field team.”