Three Van Buren High School graduates are being inducted as Eagle Scouts in a special ceremony on July 8.
Brush Brammer, Connor Cline and Jet Turner, all 18, will become Eagle Scouts in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at First Baptist Church of Van Buren. All three are members of Troop 45 based at Heritage Church in Van Buren.
All three young men recently graduated from VBHS and have been Boy Scouts together since they were 11, said Jennifer Brammer, Brush Brammer’s mother.
“They have gone through all of this together,” Jennifer Brammer said.
To become Eagle Scouts, the three men had to do a community project and submit a proposal for that project before their 18th birthdays.
Each proposal had to include “before” photos of the community project and a plan of action, Jennifer Brammer said.
A troop leader with the Boy Scouts of America Westark Area Council and three community leaders review the plans and the Scouts must be approved to move forward with their plans, Jennifer Brammer said.
Turner and Cline both did a restoration project as part of the Lake Lou Emma Renovation Project, Jennifer Brammer said.
Cline repaired, sanded and repainted metal fencing around the playground and lake area at Lake Lou Emma in Van Buren, she said.
Turner replaced and repaired the wood on the lake’s dock and helped renovate the dock, Jennifer Brammer said.
Both Turner and Cline used 5-10 volunteers over the course of a few days to get the work done, she said.
Brush Brammer restored the nature trails at the Girl Scouts of America Kelley Cabin in Fort Smith, Jennifer Brammer said.
“It had been dilapidated, there was trash - you couldn’t tell the trails existed anymore, ” Jennifer Brammer said.
Brush Brammer and about 55 volunteers took a day to clear brush and debris from the trails and replace the wooden parts of the trail. Brush Brammer also made a bench for the trail out of a fallen tree, Jennifer Brammer said.
It was the job of all three men to act in leadership roles for their projects - to organize, supervise and oversee safety for their volunteers, Jennifer Brammer said.
Once their projects were complete, the men submitted the results for review, followed by an interview with the review board, Jennifer Brammer said.
Cline, Turner and Brush Brammer each received letters of accomplishment from Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Steve Womack.
At the July 8 ceremony, a table will be set up with information about the three men’s accomplishments as Scouts. Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman and other local dignitaries will be in attendance, Jennifer Brammer said.
In the fall, Turner will attend Oklahoma State University to study music education, and Brush Brammer and Cline will both attend the University of Arkansas. Brush Brammer plans to study architecture and Cline to study poultry science.