Four earn Eagle Scout awards
On May 23, the scouting ministry at Florence First Presbyterian Church presented four Eagle Scout awards at an outdoor court of honor. Eagle Scout and Florence Rotary Club President Blake Pate charged scouts to always live by the Scout oath and law. Each Eagle Scout was given an American flag flown over the S.C. Capitol in their honor as a gift from Rep. Jay Jordan. The following Eagle Scouts were honored: Lucas Arthur Morgan Lucas is the 16-year-old son of Hunter and Kara Morgan. He is a sophomore at Trinity Collegiate School. He has a brother, Hunter Morgan Jr. who is an Eagle Scout in troop 477 and another brother, Patrick Morgan, who was also involved with the troop. Lucas is very involved in sports and has played on the varsity football team, junior basketball team and varsity baseball team for Trinity. He participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, participates in the youth program, and is a part of the youth leadership. He currently volunteers at the East Florence Mission. Lucas has been a member of troop 477 since 2015. He has attended Camp Coker and was voted into the Order of the Arrow and completed his ordeal in 2019. His favorite part of scouting is backpacking. He has participated in many outdoor adventures including whitewater rafting, boating and hiking. He has been on every high adventure trip offered. Some of his favorites were the 50-mile trek in Mount Rogers, backpacking in the Wind River Range, the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, the Sawtooths Wilderness in Idaho, the Beartooths Wilderness in Montana, Yellowstone National Park, and in the Sierra Mountains. For his Eagle project, Lucas built an information kiosk at the High Hill run bike trail system. After school and scouts, he would like to play sports at the collegiate level. Jordan Henry Hope Jordan is the 18-year-old son of Shelly and Michael Hope. He is the grandson of Claudia and Larry Cooke. Jordan is a senior at East Clarendon High School. He is a second-generation Eagle Scout, as his father is an Eagle Scout in Troop 5. His brother, Jacob, was involved in scouting, reaching the rank of first class. Jordan has been a part of many organizations in school. He joined the Lumberton High School FFA in 9th grade, and was selected to go to state for the CDE in Tool Identification. He has also been a part of Beta Club, Drama Club, All-County Chorus, and Battle of the Books, for which he and his team won the county competition. At his current school, he completed his automotive technology course at F.E. Dubose Career Center and earned his ASE certification in maintenance and light repair. He was also an active member of East Lumberton Baptist Church, as he was a member of the youth committee and has been on four mission trips across the country. He will be attending Coastal Carolina University in the fall with a major in marine science. Jordan joined scouting as a Bear Scout in Pack 333. He then joined Troop 301 in Lumberton, N.C. in 2014, reaching the rank of first class before transferring to Troop 477. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow several times before finally completing his ordeal in 2020. He has served as chaplain aide for a majority of his scouting career, and he has enjoyed many trips with fellow scouts from both troops. He has been to four different summer camps, including Camp Bodie, Camp Bowers, Camp Rainey Mountain and Camp Durant, and he has attended winter camp at the one and only Camp Coker. Some of his favorite trips include seeing a civil war reenactment at Bentonville, swimming with the manatees at Crystal River, hiking to Ellicott Rock, and surf fishing at Huntington Beach State Park. Jordan had a two-part Eagle project. He put up bat houses at Freedom Florence and Naturally Outdoors. He also planned and built a fire pit for the ladies at Tenacious Grace. Jordan would like to thank Brad Losh and Stevie Bollinger of Troop 301, Tim Fisher and Charles Galloway of Troop 477, and every other leader for helping him on his path to Eagle Scout. He most importantly wants to thank his family for pushing him to complete his Eagle, even though it took him a while. Preston Barrett Marshall Preston is the 17-year-old son of Marcie Leah Marshall and Joel Robert Marshall. He is a junior at West Florence High School, where he is an honor student and a member of the ROTC.His plans after graduating high school are to attend The Citadel and join the U.S. Air Force. He plans to enter into the Air Force as an officer after graduating college. In first grade, Preston joined Cub Scout Pack 476 as a Tiger Cub and has continued his scouting journey to Eagle. Throughout his Cub Scout years, Preston has had the opportunity to enjoy many camps, such as, Camp Coker, Myrtle Beach State Park, and Camp Sexton. He earned many belt loops and then advanced to Webelos where he earned his religious knot and Arrow of Light in 2015. Pinewood Derby was also a memorable time for Preston, as he enjoyed racing his car each year. Preston crossed over into Boy Scouts in 2015 with Troop 476 and earned up to second class and seven merit badges before transferring to Troop 477 in 2016. He has held several leadership positions and enjoyed many camping adventures with both troops. He has had the privilege of camping and enjoying the Hot Springs Rafting, Council Camporee, Sesquicentennial Camp, and Camp Coker to name a few. He has participated in numerous service projects such as: Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee Area, the Jayne Boswell Animal Shelter, and the St. Paul United Methodist dinner. Preston was elected into the Order of the Arrow by his Scout brothers at Troop 477 in 2018 and attended Camp Coker for his Ordeal. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Preston led a group of scouts from Troop 477 in repairing potholes in First Presbyterian Church’s driveway and parking lots. He surveyed the needed areas, developed a supply list, secured funding, and purchased the necessary materials to make the repairs. He also recruited and supervised the “Pothole Patrol” during the repair process. John Michael Morgan, V John Michael is the 13-year-old son of Cynthia and Michael Morgan. He has one younger brother, Wells Morgan. He is the grandson of Pam and Mike Morgan of Florence and of Cynde White of Florence. He is a second generation Eagle Scout, with his father having earned his Eagle rank through Troop 408 at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in 1990. John Michael is a seventh grade student at Trinity Collegiate School, where he has been an active participant on the school’s JV football team, basketball team, and golf team. He is an active member of the National Junior Honor Society, having been inducted this school year. He began scouting with the Cub Scout Pack. While a Cub Scout he earned his Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf and Bear ranks. He then went on and advanced to Webelos where he earned his Arrow of Light. He joined Troop 477 under the guidance of scoutmaster Tim Fisher. As a member of Troop 477, he has served as quartermaster. John Michael was voted into the Order of the Arrow by fellow scouts. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time in scouting and has spent two summers attending Camp Coker. A couple of his favorite camping trips were to Lake Robinson and the 50-mile backpacking trip in Virginia. For his Eagle Scout project, John Michael refurbished park benches and tables for the City of Florence Recreation Center at the Freedom Florence Sports Complex. He is very grateful for his grandfather and his fellow Boy Scouts who helped him with this endeavor. John Michael is very thankful for his scoutmaster Tim Fisher, Charles Galloway and other troop leaders who have helped him along the way to achieve his goal of Eagle Scout. He is especially grateful for his grandfather, Mike Morgan, for encouraging him, working with him, and pushing him towards his goals.