Local youth earns Eagle Scout rank

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 22, 2009

NATCHEZ — Three years ago, Parker Cavin set his mind to soar to one of the top ranks in scouting.

Saturday afternoon, on the back porch of his family’s home, Cavin, 16, achieved his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Cavin’s Eagle Ceremony was conducted by Scout Master Ricky Warren and was witnessed by dozens of friends and family members.

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The ceremony not only honored Cavin, but also his family who supported him during the past three years.

Cavin presented his mother, father (Kenny Cavin) and sister (Carson Blatt) pins in a ceremony that allows scouts to pay honor to special individuals in their lives.

“We’re so proud,” Cavin’s mother, Renee Cavin said. “He’s done a fabulous job. He’s been dedicated and done a lot of hard work.”

Warren said while it takes scouts four to five years on average to complete the program and become an Eagle Scout, Cavin’s progress through the program was impressive.

“(What he’s done) is phenomenal,” Warren said. “It shows someone who’s dedicated to what they want to do and that’s the kind of guy Parker is.

“I’m proud every time we get a new scout,” Warren said. “Only two out of 100 boys in scouting actually become Eagle Scouts.”

In order to become an Eagle Scout, Warren said scouts much complete a eagle project — a community service project.

For his project, Cavin cleaned and maintained the turning angel and a water fountain in Natchez’s City Cemetery and worked on the grounds of the King’s Daughter’s House and cemetery.

For his hard work and dedication, Cavin was presented with an Eagle Scout medal, a plaque commemorating his achievements.

“It’s a good feeling knowing I’m finally up there and have reached the goal I’ve been working toward for the past three years,” Cavin said.

“It was fun, but it was long,” Cavin said. “It took a long time to get here, and I had a lot of help from my family and my scout leaders,” he said.