Sunday, January 5 was an eventful day for Riley Connor Sutton who took the oath of Eagle Scout in front of a crowd of family and friends at the Heirloom Café at SOMO Village, Rohnert Park.
The colors were presented by Nick Crossler, Devan Flanagan and Peter Carpenter. The Scout oath was given by Sean Haut along with Scoutmaster Jamie Lindberg from Troop 2 being the master of ceremony.
Sutton has a long trail to Eagle: He joined in May 2013 and went through Scout rank, Tenderfoot rank, Second class rank, First class rank, Star rank, Life rank and Eagle Scout in October of 2019. Riley earned a total of 26 merit badges, camped out for 66 nights, did a comprehensive total of 108 service hours and hiked sixty-six miles.
He served as librarian, troop guide, chaplain’s aide and senior patrol leader in leadership positions.
Riley planned and provided leadership for the restoration of the Miracle League facility picnic area in Lucchesi Park in Petaluma. The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of any religious institution, any school or his community.
Riley, being the son of Dr. Wayne and Michele Sutton, received his badge of Eagle Scout from his mother and in return Riley pinned both his mother and father at the time.
Brother Kyle, also an Eagle Scout, spoke and gave memory thoughts about helping his brother at all times to become the newest Eagle Scout.
Riley is also a junior gymnast and takes accelerated courses and is a shining example of a scout. “Scouting is a lifestyle of committing and doing your best” said Larry Wei, a scout master.
About only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted the rank of Eagle Scout after a very lengthy review process. Since its founding, more than 2.5 million men have earned the Eagle Scout Rank.
Eagle Scouts are expected to set an example of other scouts and to become the leaders in life that have demonstrated themselves to be in scouting. A few of the famous Eagle Scouts are Gerald R. Ford, Steven Spielberg and Neil A. Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon.