Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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October 1, 2006

Sen. Hooks receives highest Boy Scout honor

AMERICUS — State Sen. George Hooks (D) was presented the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA) at the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Boy Scout Troop 21 Saturday at the SGTC Pope Center.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, is a special award, awarded only to Eagle Scouts, for distinguished service in his profession and to the community for a period of at least 25 years after earning his Eagle Scout rank. Requirements include: having attained the Eagle Scout rank, accomplishment of significance in one's career, and a solid record of continued community volunteer involvement. Only about one in 1,000 of all Eagle Scouts has been presented this prestigious award, according to Troop 21 members. Since its introduction in 1969, the DESA has been awarded to just under 2000 Eagle Scouts, according to Dr. Ben Andrews, a Troop 21 Eagle Scout.

The presentation of the DESA wasn’t on the original program of the event Saturday so it would be a surprise to Hooks. “Accept this award with humility,” said Hooks at the podium. Hooks gave a lot of credit to his former scoutmaster, Charlie Hogg. “Charlie Hogg is an inspiration to all of us,” said Hooks

Current Troop 21 Scoutmaster, Tommy McCurley, used the event to reveal a little history about the Troop. “This is the greatest Boy Scout Troop in the world,” he said.

He said the Troop throughout its history has produced doctors, lawyers, successful businessmen, professional football coaches etc. McCurley said recent Troop 21 Eagle Scouts are also doing great things. “The new ones are going to be great also.”

Kenneth Cutts of Congressman Sanford Bishop’s Office spoke at the event on the behalf of the congressman. Bishop once told Cutts his Eagle Scout designation was more important to him than any award Bishop had ever received, Cutts told the audience.

“Congressman Bishop will tell you that being an Eagle Scout has led to much of his success in life,” said Cutts. Cutts said no organization in the world mold more boys into successful young men like the Boy Scouts. He said the organization teaches perseverance.

Bishop is also a recipient of the DESA.

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