On November 1, the Miller family celebrated 95 years of Scouting as Cole Miller, a sophomore at Lakeland High School, received the highest award attainable in Boy Scouts.
Cole received his Eagle Scout pin from his father, Tom Miller, a 1983 Eagle Scout award recipient, while his mother, friends, family, and partners in his Eagle Scout Project watched from the pews of the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange. Scouting is a tradition in the Miller family. Cole’s great-grandfather started in Boy Scouts in 1918 and received his Eagle Award in 1921. His grandfather received the Silver Beaver Award and was an active member in scouting until his death in 1998.
Cole’s service project was to replace the existing sign at the Ark Animal Sanctuary and to add landscape blocks and plants. The new sign at the sanctuary is made out of sheets of PVC laminated together and is virtually indestructible. The sign should last for many years.
During the ceremony Cole thanked all of his partners in the project, stating that he would not have been able to complete his project without their help. He received donations from friends, family, and several organizations in LaGrange County. The Howe Lions Club started his fundraising campaign off with a $500 donation and other organizations followed.
Cole decided early on in scouting that he would earn his Eagle Award and has worked very hard to reach his goal just like his great-grandfather and father did.