Marietta teens earn Eagle Scout recognition

Skyler David Secrest, 16, of Marietta, and Joshua V. Caldwell, 16, also of Marietta completed the requirements and earned the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout Rank on Nov. 5, 2013. They were honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony and Reception on March 7 at Sandhill United Methodist Church. Skyler is the son of J.D. and Michelle Secrest and Joshua is the son of Mark and Christy Caldwell. Their Scoutmaster is Allan Tubaugh.

Secrest began his scouting career in 2004 as a Tiger Cub Scout with Reno Pack 200. He earned the Leave No Trace Award in 2008 and in 2009 he earned the World Conservation Award. He also earned his Arrow of Light Award in March 2009 and joined Boy Scout Troop 200 in April 2009. He was voted into the Order of the Arrow and became a member of the Nendawen Lodge in 2010.

He has earned 31 merit badges and held the troop positions of Quartermaster, Scribe and Assistant Patrol Leader.

His service project benefited the Newport Baptist Church in Newport, Ohio. He organized the refinishing of the windows on the front of the church building. Old window covering was scraped and removed and new was applied with some painting to finish. The project was completed in July of 2012 and approximately 100 man-hours was devoted to the project. He was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the church for his efforts in completing his project.

He will be a Junior at Marietta High School this fall and is an honor roll student.

Caldwell began his scouting career in 2005 as a Cub Scout with Pack 202. He earned the Leave No Trace Award and the Outdoor Activity Award in 2006. He earned his Arrow of Light Award in 2009. He also joined Boy Scout Troop 200 in 2009. He was voted into the Order of the Arrow and became a member of the Nendawen Lodge in 2010. In 2011 he earned his Brotherhood membership.

He has earned 24 merit badges and held the troop positions of Quartermaster, Librarian and Senior Patrol Leader.

His service project benefited the Washington County Fairboard by repainting the exterior of the Civitan building. He organized and coordinated the cleaning, scraping, and repainting of the building. His project had a total of 137.5 man hours. The project was completed in August of 2012 and the finished project is still appreciated today.

He will be a Junior at Marietta High School this fall and is an honor roll student.