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88-Year-Old Becomes Eagle Scout

By Chris V. Thangham     Jul 28, 2007 in Lifestyle
Walter Hart, 88, has been trying for years to become an Eagle Scout, he almost got it nearly 60 years ago but had to join the Navy for World War II. He never gave up on his dreams, and recently applied to to be an Eagle Scout. He got in. reports the Boy Scouts of America honored Mr. Walter Hart as an Eagle Scout, making him the oldest person to ever collect the award.
Mr. Hart joined the Cub Scouts in 1928 in Malden, Mass., and earned 23 merit badges during his years in the Boy Scout. To get an Eagle Scout rank, one must earn a minimum of 21 badges out of 120 merit badges.
Only five per cent of the Boy Scouts earn an Eagle Scout honor, so you can understand his eagerness to get this award. He could have filed the Eagle Scout at that time, but before he got a chance he joined the Navy during the World War II and served two years aboard USS Alfred A. Cunningham.
Mr. Hart lives in a retirement center in nearby Lehigh Acres and was extremely proud to get this Eagle Scout honor and said he has been looking forward to have it for a long time.
Last year, he discovered some of his old Boy Scout memorabilia, including the documents that showed he completed the requirements for his Eagle Scout rank. He contacted the Boy Scouts of America about receiving the award, and they quickly approved him.
"I think this was something that was always on his mind, but every time he went to go do it, something else came up," daughter Elizabeth Gatturna said. "I know how hard he's tried to get to this point."
One has to commend Hart for his determination in getting the Eagle Scout merit award and not giving up on his dreams. Scouting is a great experience for both boys and girls; I hope they get inspired by Walter Hart’s story.
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