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Troop 19 Scout earns Eagle rank

Jack Munro shakes hands with Thomas Finlay, CEO and founder of Charlotte Independence Soccer Club, in front of the new gaga ball pit. /Courtesy Ash Munro

HUNTERSVILLE – Just days after celebrating his 16th birthday, Jack Munro will celebrate earning his Eagle Scout rank – the highest rank in Scouting America.

Munro, a Charlotte native who has been living in Huntersville for the past 10 years with his parents, Ash (Eagle Scout ‘87) and Cory Munro, and his brother, McKinley, is a rising junior at Community School of Davidson. His brother is also a Scout in Troop 19.

The family will hold his Eagle Ceremony on Sunday, June 9.

Munro officially earned his Eagle Scout rank on April 11. For his final service project, he built a gaga ball pit (a gentler version of dodge-ball inside a fenced-in area) at Richard Barry Park, primarily as a benefit for Charlotte Independence Soccer Club players and their siblings between training and games. The pit was built in cooperation with the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department to be a benefit to all Huntersville residents and in line with future park improvements.

Corey, Jack, McKinley and Ash Munro on the day Jack earned his Eagle Scout rank. /Courtesy Ash Munro

Munro went above and beyond as he climbed the trail to Eagle rank. He completed the Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills (SEALS) training in 2020, which led him to teach younger Scouts lashing, (lashings are used to join together poles or spars for the construction of objects and structures), a skill he struggled with himself in an earlier district competition. He practiced his teaching skills on his mother, reasoning if he could enable her to succeed he could enable anyone.

Munro earned four Eagle Palms, representing the completion of 20 merit badges beyond what is required for Eagle Scout rank. Part of the achievement can be credited to his participation in a virtual summer camp during COVID, which he completed to stay engaged when in-person camps were shut down.

Munro completed more than 70 nights of camping with the Troop 19 Scouts, and a week sailing a 75-foot schooner around the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Reef.

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