Ovilla Boy Scout Troop 524, and Teresa and Edwin Bateman, are proud to announce that Stuart Bateman, of Midlothian, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout - the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. A ceremony honoring this achievement was held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Ovilla United Methodist Church.

Bateman started his scouting experience in September 2002 as a Wolf. As an active Cub Scout he participated in many memorable activities including Pinewood Derbies, family campouts, nature hikes, summer camps at Camp Wisdom and twilight camps in Waxahachie. His Cub Scout experience culminated in his earning the Arrow of Light, Cub Scoutingís highest honor and bridging to Boy Scout Troop 512 in Midlothian.

In February 2007, Bateman joined Boy Scout Troop 524 in Ovilla, where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2013. Scouting provided him numerous leadership opportunities. He attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) at Camp James Ray. He has also held several leadership positions in the troop including Den Chief, Asst. Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader as well as being the trek leader at Philmont in New Mexico. Bateman was tapped out for the Order of the Arrow, Scoutingís National Honor Society, at Camp Constantin in June 2010 and he completed his Ordeal the following October.

As a member of a very active troop, he has earned many memorable merit badges (rock climbing and aviation) and participated in many high adventure trips to Washington, D.C., Philmont, Silverton, Colorado and the Northern Tier in Canada. He hopes to earn the triple-crown when he attends Florida Sea Base in July 2014 as a Venture Scout.

For his Eagle Project, Bateman worked with the City of Midlothianís Parks Department; the Ellis County Master Naturalists; and a team of scouts, friends and family to clear a tree line at the City of Midlothianís Mockingbird Nature Park. This project was successful due to the extensive training and support he received through the years as a Boy Scout under the guidance of numerous talented and dedicated adult leaders who worked with and taught him as he developed his skills and grew into a young man.

Bateman is currently a freshman at Navarro Junior College. He joins a distinguished group of men who have earned the Eagle rank. The first Eagle was awarded in 1912 and about 5 percent of Boy Scouts achieve Scoutingís highest honor.

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