On Oct 5th a ceremony was held in the IHM Parish Life and Education Center, St. Edwards hall to celebrate Austin R. Garmer’s achievement of earning Eagle Scout. Austin attributes all his accomplishments to the Lord. In his acceptance speech he said “I want to dedicate this ceremony first and foremost to the Glory of God”.
Boy Scouts of America requires a scout to earn 21 merit badges, complete a service project, hold a leadership position in his Troop, live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law, and attend a Board of Review. Austin earned 32 Merit Badges. He has many favorites, but when pressed he stated Wilderness Survival was his favorite.
For his Eagle project he participated in the Veteran History Project, where he had the privilege to facilitate interviews of veterans and their stories, and send them to the Library of Congress. He recruited 5 interviewers and collected 10 interviews from various veterans in our area.
Austin enjoys bringing his guitar to Scout campouts and other events, making them more memorable for everyone. Occasionally he plays to lead the Troop’s Sunday morning service, bringing the scouts voices together, in worship. In 2011, Austin attended the Catholic Camporee as a Staff member where he played an original song before 400 Catholic scouts named “Taste and See.” The song hit a chord with the crowd as they immediately started singing the chorus! It was a special moment for Austin and everyone there enjoyed his song.
Austin was awarded the Saint George’s Trek scholarship to a high adventure camp, Philmont in New Mexico. The Saint George’s Trek “brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together
with select priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat”. 72 scouts came to backpack and grew closer to the Lord. Austin was voted the Crew Chief for the Trek, and it was an experience he’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Austin earned two of the 4 Catholic Religious emblems, Parvuli Dei and Ad Altare Dei. These optional programs are for Catholic scouts who want to learn more about their faith. Austin has a passion for the youth today and is active in IHM’s Youth Ministry and the band. His exact plans for the future are unknown, but he knows it will entail helping our youth today be on fire for the Lord.