Two members of Boy Scout Troop No. 123 were awarded the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve by receiving their Eagle Scout rank on Jan. 9.


Two members of Boy Scout Troop No. 123 were awarded the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve by receiving their Eagle Scout rank on Jan. 9.

Each Eagle candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a service project that benefits the community. Upon achieving the Eagle Scout rank, Scott McGehee and Josh Decker of Hesston had their Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at Dyck Arboretum in Hesston.

The son of Greg and Mary McGehee of Hesston, McGehee started his scouting career as a Tiger Scout when he was in first grade in Hesston with Pack 111. He then transferred to Pack 123 at First Presbyterian Church in Newton and advanced through the ranks.

He crossed over to Boy Scouts in February, 2004. On Dec. 12, McGehee went for his Eagle Scout Board of Review and was accepted as the 50th Eagle Scout for Troop 123. He did his community service project at the Hesston Elementary School playground. He replaced old timbers that surround the playground, shoveled rock back into the playground and replaced a playground toy children can jump up and down on.

McGehee is 15 and a freshman at Hesston High School. Besides scouting, he is involved in football, basketball, choir, FBLA and plays percussion in the band. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Newton, where he is active in Sunday school, youth group and other church activities.

Decker, 15 and a freshman at Hesston High School, is the son of Braden and Lisa Decker of Hesston.

He has been involved in Scouting since fourth grade. After moving through the ranks in Boy Scouts in Troop 123, Decker went for his Eagle Scout Board of Review on Dec. 13, where he was accepted as the troopís 51st Eagle Scout. Deckerís community service project consisted of building a path at Dyck Arboretum to connect an existing sitting area to the main path.

He attends Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church and is active in the youth group. He plays tuba in the high school band and plans on playing tennis this spring. McGehee and Decker are two of six Scouts in Troop 123 of First Presbyterian Church to earn the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010.