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|Martin receives Scouting's highest honor|
Dakota Bradford Martin, son of Scottie and Lisa Martin of Crowville, earned his Eagle Scout badge during a Court of Honor on Feb. 16 at the Crowville United Methodist Church. This location was significant, as it was the site of his Eagle project. Dakota designed and created a prayer garden for the church.
The Eagle Scout badge is one of the most highly recognized achievements. Ten years of hard work is finally paying off for this Franklin Parish student.
Martin's quest for Eagle began in 2000, when he joined Troop 53 after crossing over from Cub Scouting. Dakota has attended many scout camps over the years and made many, many friends from around the world. Some of the most memorable camping experiences were made while attending Camp T.L. James in Union Parish, Philmot Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, Garland Scout Camp in Kickapoo, La., and Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch in the beautiful Davis Mountains area of West Texas.
Martin completed the Silver Stag Junior Leader Training Course in 2003. He then served in a leadership position as staff at the White Stag JLT in 2004. He is also Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Comanche Lodge 254.
Martin is a senior at Franklin Parish High School where he is a member of the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Students, FBLA and FFA. In the summer of 2007, he attended the American Legion Boy's State at Northwester State University in Natchitoches. He recently completed the Community Leadership and Economic Development Program at the LSU Agricultureal Center.
His leadership record in Scouting includes serving twice as Patrol Leader of the Patriot Patrol and Troop Historian, Den Chief, Troom Guide of the Jaguar Patrol, Senior Patrol Leader and Venture Crew Chief.
Along with several scouts from Troop 53 and the Louisiana Purchase Council, Martin attended the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. during the summer of 2005. Some of the memorable events included white water rafting, visiting Washington D.C., and seeing President George W. Bush speak at the Jamboree.
Martin has earned 39 merit badges and also earned the World Conservation Award, the mile swim patch and the 50 miler hiking award.
"My favorite things about scouting have been the people I have met from around the world, the places I've seen and the lessons I've learned," said Martin. "I have had such great experiences in the past few years, but the most memorable experience was with my dad, who is also one of our scoutmasters, he and I went with a group on a 14 day hike in the mountains of New Mexico."
His Eagle badge secured, Martin is quick to acknowledge the help he has received along the way.
"I couldn't have made it to Eagle without my parents, my scouting brothers, Scoutmaster Gene Bouquet and Kaye Bouquet as well as past scoutmasters of Troop 53: Ronnie Jones, Howie Robinson, Floyd Stanley, Kelly Martin and Beth Fuller," said Martin.
Martin's future goals are to attend college at Louisiana Tech University and major in civil engineering and evironmental science.
Martin is the grandson of Jim Bradford of Georgetown, Martha Bradford of Alexandria and Ronnie and Sue Martin of Crowville. He is the great grandson of Velma Bradford of Georgetown.