King’s Fork sophomore attains highest Scout rank

Published 3:40 pm Saturday, April 28, 2012

King’s Fork High School sophomore Hunter Christian Lowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney D. Lowe Jr. and member of Boy Scout Troop 703, has achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

Lowe became an Eagle Scout in a ceremony in Suffolk on March 31, a little over a decade after starting his Scouting journey as a Tiger Cub in 2001.

Along the way, he also earned the Arrow of Light, Catholic religious awards, Order of the Arrow, and 36 Boy Scout merit badges, achieving seven ranks and participating in many service projects and trips.

King’s Fork High School sophomore Hunter Christian Lowe has achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

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There are many requirements to become an Eagle Scout, including planning, preparing and completing a community project.

Lowe’s project was to make birdhouses for the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.

He noticed missing and deteriorated birdhouses while laying wreaths at the cemetery during the Wreaths Across America event.

In addition to the birdhouses, Lowe donated $250 to the wreath society.

Lowe received financial assistance from the Nansemond River Pilot Club, a Suffolk civic organization, and Mrs. Jeanne Banks, former chairperson of the Wreath Society at the veterans cemetery.

He also received supplies and physical support from Boy Scout Troop 703, Lowe’s on Portsmouth Boulevard, and the Yukon Lumber Company.

Lowe received a certificate from Virginia House of Delegates representative Chris Jones, a state flag that was flown over the state Capitol, recognition from former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara, and another certificate from Major J.M. Rose of the U.S. Marine Corps, which included a national flag that was flown over the Marine Corps base in Quantico.

“As an Eagle Boy Scout, I have learned the importance of helping others, keeping myself safe and knowing where I am going,” Lowe said.

“As I get older, I will continue to use my Scouting skills in my future career in the Marine Corps.”