The Duncan Banner

March 25, 2013

Gaining Eagle Scout rank has Cronk on playground duty

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Boy Scout Caleb Cronk is pushing for his Eagle Scout status — and he’s only 14. Most scouts earn the rank when they are 17 or 18 years old. Cronk chose to give back to the community for this project, by helping out the Gabriel’s House program.

Cronk, along with other volunteers, worked to put playground equipment together for the Emerson and Mark Twain Gabriel’s House locations. To earn the highest ranking, scouts have to complete a project, earn at least 21 merit badges, and demonstrate Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

“I think it’s a really big accomplishment,” Cronk said. “You feel really good when you finish.”

Cronk won’t be 15 until August. He said he wanted to start early on his Eagle Scout rank because he knew the furthur he got into high school the more he would have to do.

Eric Davis, Troop 4434 scout leader, said Cronk is one of several scouts expected to earn the Eagle Scout rank this year. Davis was also impressed with the project Cronk chose to do.

“I’m glad it had something to do with the Gabriel’s House,” Davis said.

Cronk and his family attend church with Bonnie Talley, who is the founder and director of Gabriel’s House. Cronk said Talley already had gotten the playground equipment, which was purchased with a Rotary Club grant; all she needed was someone to do the labor.

“I thought it would be cool,” Cronk said about the project.

Cronk is a freshman at Duncan High School. He is the son of Trent and Delyn Cronk. His older brother, Bradley Cronk, earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2010.

Caleb Cronk’s family were among the volunteers who helped put the playground equipment together over the course of two days. Cronk said he was appreciative of all the people who showed up to help him with his Eagle Scout project.

Among the volunteers was Alex Pack, who earned his Eagle Scout rank last year. Pack was among the younger scouts to earn the rank. Cronk said being a younger scout working toward the Eagle rank makes sense because it gives the scout more opportunities to benefit fellow scouts as an Eagle Scout.

Boys can only remain in the Boy Scout organization until they’re 18 years old. Scouts who earn the Eagle rank earlier have more time in that rank before the age out of the organization.

“When you get older, you have more to do,” Cronk said. “It’s easier to get it done earlier.”