Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies are set for Brian Benson and John "J.T." Salling, both of Minot. Also, Ryan Brown of Minot received his Eagle Scout award at an April troop meeting.
Benson will receive his award Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Minot Moose Lodge dining room. Salling will receive his award May 15 at 2 p.m. in St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Minot, with a reception to follow. Eagle Scout is the highest award given by the Boy Scouts of America.
Benson and Brown are both members of Boy Scout Troop 411 of Minot. Salling is a member of Boy Scout Troop 425 of Minot.
Benson is a senior at Bishop Ryan High School in Minot. He joined Cub Scouts in 2001. To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, he had to earn 21 merit badges, serve in a position of leadership in his troop and complete a community service project. He actually earned 27 merit badges. He has served the troop as chaplain aide, scribe and assistant senior patrol leader. He's a member of the Order of the Arrow. Benson's service project was organizing and leading his troop in painting the bear cage bars and the fence in front of the cage in Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot. He plans to attend Bismarck State College after graduation.
Salling is a sophomore honor student at Bishop Ryan High School in Minot. His scouting career began in September 2002. He has served as troop librarian, historian, den chief, assistant patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. Salling earned 34 merit badges and is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow. Salling attended the weeklong 2008 National Youth Leadership Training and the 2010 weeklong Troop High Adventure Canoe Trip in the Boundary Waters near Ely, Minn. He has also won many special Boy Scout awards.
Salling's Eagle Scout project was cooperating with Habitat for Humanity in planning and organizing both volunteers and materials to remove a rotting deck and to install a new deck for a home.
Brown earned 32 merit badges and is a five-time attendee of Camp Wilderness. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow. Brown's Eagle Scout project involved coordinating volunteers who folded 900 pocket flags with prayer cards for deployed soldiers, which were distributed through the North Dakota National Guard and the Minot Air Force Base Family Readiness Center. Brown is a senior at Bishop Ryan High School in Minot.