Eagle Scouts

Student with autism inspires with Eagle Scout achievement

Timmy Hargate was diagnosed at an early age with autism and an extreme speech delay.

Thanks to years of hard work and the help of dedicated professionals, he is now an Eagle Scout.

At age 7, Timmy enrolled at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Lerner School for Autism. The school uses treatment based on applied behavioral analysis in an educational setting to serve students from the age of earliest diagnosis through 21.

He gradually learned how to communicate with a speech-generating device that allows him to type in words or pre-programmed responses on an iPad.

Timmy’s father, Ed, says Timmy is “very smart and he understands what people are saying to him. He’s just not able to verbally communicate very well without a speech-generating device.”

At age 11, he joined Troop 461. Over the years, he moved up the ranks, culminating with the completion of his Eagle Scout service project earlier this year.

Timmy is 20 and earned the highest rank in Scouting through the BSA’s rules concerning advancement for members with special needs.

“The school and Scouts are his two principal activities, and they keep him busy,” says Ed. “Lerner School has really helped him learn how to communicate with his peers and adults, and being in Troop 461 has done a lot for his socialization skills.”

Timmy’s project

The project Timmy chose was certainly not an easy one. He planned, organized and managed the annual summer field day event for the students at the Lerner School.

Timmy worked with his teachers over a period of several weeks to select activities and games that would be appropriate for his fellow students. He recruited fellow Scouts to be responsible for each activity. He marketed the event by creating posters, supervised the setup process on the day of the event, oversaw the management of all activities on the big day and supervised tear-down when it was over.

In short, it was everything you would expect of an Eagle Scout service project.

“I am so proud of Timmy and happy to be a part of his accomplishments,” says Phoebe Mason, a speech language pathologist at the Lerner School. “He’s made so much progress over the years, and has become a real leader at the school and in Scouting.”

Hiram College Announces New Scholarships for Eagle Scouts

Hiram College, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America, recently announced a new scholarship that recognizes high achievement and college match. As part of the agreement, up to five exemplary Eagle Scouts will be selected by the Boy Scouts of America and awarded the scholarship, worth 50 percent of tuition and mandatory fees in the traditional college program beginning fall 2019.

“We are honored to announce our partnership with Hiram College and the new Eagle Scout Scholarship,” said Marc Ryan, Scout Executive/CEO, Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America.  “Eagle Scouts must value perseverance, discipline, leadership, accountability, and achievement to succeed. These values build character in a young person that is sought after and needed in today’s world and communities.”

Hiram College has long been committed to educational excellence, helping students develop a 21st-century skill set and mindset that will allow them to thrive in personal lives where societal changes are constant and complex. Sherman Dean II, director of the admission at Hiram College, believes that the core values Eagle Scouts develop closely align with that the College.

“Hiram College is excited to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council, on the new Eagle Scout Scholarship,” said Dean. “We look forward to providing these exceptional Eagle Scouts with an equally exceptional educational opportunity that will allow them to continue development of the qualities they have already established.”

Scouting is more than just an outdoor program.  “Families and youth will see Lake Erie Council, BSA as the go-to destination to deliver affordable college education to our best and brightest as evidenced by their attainment of the Eagle Scout rank,” said Donald W. Kaatz, President, Board of Directors, Lake Erie Council. “We are grateful for our special relationship with Hiram and hope more universities and colleges will follow their lead.”

For more information about Hiram’s Eagle Scout Scholarship, email Sherman C. Dean II, Director of Admission, Hiram College: DeanSC@hiram.edu.