At a recent Troop 1 Court of Honor, Carl Kernochan received his Eagle Scout Award at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. Kernochan is the son of George and Christine Kernochan of Ballston Spa.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank a scout has to master numerous scout skills, demonstrate leadership skills and citizenship. A scout has to earn 21 merit badges of which 12 are required. A scout has to perform many hours of community service and have held leadership positions in the troop. Finally, a scout has to plan, organize and supervise a major service project that will benefit a chosen organization. The project demonstrates the scout’s leadership and organization skills. Many times, the scout’s and volunteers’ time put into the project exceeds 100 hours.
Kernochan’s installed a sign/kiosk in the Woods Hollow Nature Preserve, in the Town of Milton. A map is located on the sign and explains the benefits of the preserve to those who are new-comers to the park and may need an orientation. With careful planning, Carl gathered a group of scouts to build and install this sign with only four days of work.
The kiosk has a shingled roof and plexiglas face to protect the information on the sign.
Kernochan started his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Pack 1 sponsored by United Methodist Church and crossed over into Boy Scouts Troop 1 in 2007. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s honor society and served on the staff at Camp Boyhaven for two years.
Graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 2015, Kernochan is now attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Building and Construction Technology. While in high school, Kernochan played high school soccer for 5 years, starting in 8th grade and was vice president of physics club.
Troop 1 has been sponsored by Ballston Spa United Methodist Church since 1913.