CLINTON — During an afternoon ceremony at Mount Vernon Baptist Church on April 30, Kaleb Jessup of Turkey, received the Eagle Scout Award. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America.
In Jessup’s journey to Eagle, he progressed from Tiger to Wolf to Bear and on to Webelos. He earned his Arrow of Light award, the highest award in cub scouting. He then crossed over into Boy Scouts.
“Those early years involved many rainy campouts and on more than one occasion he and his troop had the opportunity to put their first aid training into action,” said Assistant Scoutmaster Jennifer Bradley.
It was noted that as Jessup progressed through the Scouting ranks, he held many different leadership positions including Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and most recently as Junior Assistant Scout Master. In terms of badges, Jessup earned the Scout badge, and the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Life, and finally Eagle. Along the way, Jessup took a special interest in the activities of the Order of the Arrow.
It was shared that Kaleb also enjoyed the experience of camping. “For some scouts, camping is just another requirement,” Bradley said, “but, for Kaleb, he sees camping as one of life’s simple pleasures. In all, Kaleb has spent 54 nights camping, well surpassing the required 20.”
Jessup also embraced the work of becoming an Eagle Scout. He earned a total of 35 merit badges, with only 21 of those being required. He spent over 98 hours on service projects including the time he spent on his Eagle Scout service project.
As part of the trail to Eagle, a scout must complete an Eagle Service Project. Jessup’s project was to secure funding for and install an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Jessup realized the need for AED machines in places like Mount Vernon, where lots of people gather for events and services. He wrote and directed a skit emphasizing the need for AED machines. With the help of his fellow scouts, the play was performed and widely received. After funds were raised to purchase and install the machine, Jessup arranged for a training workshop to demonstrate the use of the AED.
In closing, Kaleb’s dad and Scout Master Roger Jessup stated, “Kaleb, today all the self-sacrifice that you have put into this journey to Eagle is being rewarded. All who know you will rejoice in your achievements. Your position, as you well know, is one of honor and responsibility. This is not the end of the trail, but rather the beginning of a new era in your life. You are now entering a brotherhood of boys and men who have not only achieved the Eagle Scout rank, but who have also made a commitment to the Scout Oath and Law. You will be asked to assume a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to your country, to your fellow Scouts, and to your fellow citizens. Kaleb we are so proud of your accomplishment and what you have left to achieve.”
Jessup is the son of Roger and Rhonda Jessup of Turkey and brother to Kolby. He is the grandson of Roy and Carolyn Ezzell, also of Turkey. Jessup is a junior at Harrells Christian Academy, where he is a member of BETA, a participant in Science Olympiad, and a starter on the varsity soccer team. Jessup also recently completed the Clinton Junior Leadership Program.