Riley Hancock

 Riley Hancock

Boy Scout Troop 143 of Blair honored Riley Hancock at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the United Methodist Church in Blair.

The Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in the Boy Scouting program.

Eagle Scouts must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges and fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills.

For his Eagle service project, Hancock arranged for the construction and delivery of 12 feral cat shelters in support of the trap, neuter and release program administered by the Friends of the Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter in Blair.

Hancock joined Cub Scout Pack 232 in the first grade and went on to achieve Cub Scouting's highest honor — the Arrow of Light.

As a member of Troop 143, since February of 2008, he has earned 30 merit badges and served in various leadership positions.

He participated in the Mid-America Council's National Youth Leadership Training program (Pahuk Pride); is a member of the Order of the Arrow; and he wears the claws of a "fire-builder" in the tribe of Nani-ba-zhu.

He has participated in numerous high adventure trips including the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota; Seabase in the Florida Keys; and he was the crew leader for the Troop's last trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2012, where they spent 12 days backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico.

Hancock, 16, is the son of Russ and Kristy Hancock of Blair and is a junior at Blair High School, where he is active in wrestling.

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