Robert N. “Robby” Kersey Jr., a Dixon High senior, was recognized for his accomplishment in achieving the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, that of Eagle Scout. He was presented with the badge of honor during an Eagle Court-of-Honor that night. The Court of Honor took place last Saturday, December 28.
For a Scout to achieve the rank of Eagle, he is required to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, 11 of which are specifically considered “Eagle required” and an additional 10 of his choosing. The earning of merit badges leads to a boy learning and gaining experience in new areas of interest, that may eventually lead into a future occupation. Robby earned a total of 30 merit badges.
The ‘trail’ involves learning, practicing, and developing various skills, some of which are first aid, knot tying, orienteering, and emergency preparedness. Citizenship is also a connecting theme stretching between family, community, nation, and world.
As a requirement for the Eagle Scout rank, a boy scout must choose a need in the community, and organize, plan, and lead an “Eagle Scout Project” that meets that need. The project is more about the boy scout’s ability to take on responsibility and lead a group of volunteers. Robby’s project this past September which resulted in 50 oak trees planted along the path around the drainage pond Southeast of the high school. It involved numerous hours of research, meetings with the public works director, obtaining materials, and leading a large number of volunteers.
For the Kerseys, scouting runs in the family. Robby’s grandfather, Bob Kersey a 39 yr. Dixon resident, was a Boy Scout as a youth. His father Rob Kersey, also a Dixon resident, and a Dixon High class of ’85 graduate received Eagle Scout in 1984. His uncle Michael Kersey, a Dixon High class of ’87 graduate received Eagle Scout in 1986. Three of Michael’s five boys have already received the rank of Eagle Scout. And in turn, Robby’s younger brother Thomas, a Dixon High sophomore, is on track to finish the requirements and receive the rank of Eagle Scout as Robby has done.