Patriot’s Sean Oatman earns rank of Eagle Scout

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Tomorrow night (Friday), the Boy Scouts of America will bestow its highest honor of scouting on a young man from Patriot.

Sean Oatman of Troop #700 has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and it will be awarded during a special ‘Court of Honor’ tomorrow (Friday). The Court of Honor ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be held at the Patriot Baptist Church. Following the ceremony, food and refreshments will be served at the Patriot Town Hall..

All friends and members of the community who have helped Sean Oatman along this difficult path are invited to attend the ceremony.

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Sean Oatman competed his requirements for the Eagle rank and passed his final board of review on November 11th, 2013.

The final requirement to become an Eagle Scout is the Eagle Project. The project must be helpful to any school, any church or the community.

Sean choose to do some restoration work on the Patriot Baptist Church, which charters his troop.

He spent a total of 295 hours on his project, which started in March of last year and was completed in August. During the project, Sean renovated the nursery room and a teen room by fixing the walls, painting and redecorating with new toys.

The major part of his project was out front of the church. Sean removed the two steps and part of the sidewalk leading into the church and poured a wider entrance and a handicap access ramp.

“It sure turned out a lot nicer than I pictured it in my head when I designed it,” Sean Oatman said. “I can’t believe I did it.”

He also said the project went from being a simple pour which was to be completed in three days, to a major pour lasting over a week.

“I had to do a lot of research on the American Disabilities Act to ensure the ramp and entrance met current regulations,” Sean said.

He said he never realized there were so many rules involved with the building of a handicap access ramp and the project was a great learning experience.

Sean would like to thank all of those in the community who directly and indirectly helped with his project.