Herald JournalWinsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Oct. 7, 2002

Josh Knott earns Boys Scouts' Eagle award

By Julie Yurek

After 10 years and 32 merit badges, Winsted teenager Josh Knott, 17, has earned the top Boy Scouts honor, the Eagle award.

The award is a red, white, and blue scarf that replaces the green and yellow one that each member wears around his neck.

Knott is in Boy Scout Troop 399, and is a junior at Holy Trinity Schools.

Members are from the Lester Prairie, Winsted, Howard Lake, and Waverly areas, said Josh's mother, Rosie Knott.

Knott is the fourth member to become an Eagle, she said.

Knott had a special ceremony Sept. 22 at Holy Trinity Church, where the scout troop, family, friends, and members of the community congratulated Knott on his accomplishment.

He also received many congratulatory letters from politicians, including Tony Kielkucki, Mark Dayton, and Governor Jesse Ventura. Kielkucki also spoke during Knott's ceremony at the church.

He also received letters from the Navy and the Marines for a job well done.

"Only four percent of the Boy Scouts are Eagle Scouts," Rosie said. She is the committee chair for the organization.

The rarity of the award was evident on one of Knott's two cakes, "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle." The other cake displayed the Boy Scout oath, which Knott had to recite during the ceremony.

The rest of the family is also involved in the club. Knott's father, Chris, is a Scout leader, and his younger brothers Bobby and Timmy are members. Bobby is very close to getting becoming an Eagle too, Rosie said.

To become an Eagle Scout is something members work towards through their whole career, Rosie said.

There are six ranks before becoming an Eagle. A minimum of 12 merit badges are required, as is community service. Each rank requires more hours of community service, Knott said.

As a Life Scout, the sixth rank, a member is required to do a project. Knott's project was to make two picnic tables for the Adult Training and Habilitation Center, which he completed in June last year.

A member is required to spend at least six months in rank, Knott said. "A person usually needs that long to get the requirements of that rank done."

Knott's best memory so far has been the high adventure trips he has taken.

He has been on three trips so far. His most recent one was camping and canoeing in the Boundary Waters this past June. It was his first time there, he said.

His other two high adventure trips were bike trips, one in Wabasha, and the other at Camp Phillips in Wisconsin.

The troop has also done a lot of winter camping, he said.

Now that Knott is an Eagle, he can be an assistant scout master, a scout master, or a committee member, he said. He will most likely be an assistant scout master, which he looks forward to, he added.

He can still earn merit badges and go on camp-outs until he's 18, however, he won't get many badges being he turns 18 Tuesday.

After he graduates from high school, Knott plans on attending college, but he's not sure where yet, he said.

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