Rockford Boy Scout earns Eagle Scout rank

Ryan Sinclair, 18, of Rockford is awarded the Eagle Scout rank.

Ryan Sinclair, 18, has earned the highest and most coveted award presented by the Boy Scouts of America: the rank of Eagle Scout.

He began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 115 of Traverse City. Upon moving to Rockford, Sinclair continued Scouting in Boy Scout Troop 228, which is chartered by Bostwick Lake Congregational Church.

Sinclair is a member of the Nacha Tindey Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, which recognizes Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.

When asked what he enjoyed the most, Sinclair enthusiastically replied that his favorite experiences were, in addition to camping, spending his summers on the Cub Scout staff at Gerber Scout Camp in Twin Lake. He is currently beginning his third year as the Trading Post manager at Cub Scout Adventureland.

For his Eagle project, Sinclair saw a need for spectator and player benches at a local ball diamond. He designed and managed the building and installation of these benches at Ashley Baptist Church in Belding, where he is a member. During the execution of the project, he demonstrated his leadership abilities and organizational skills.

He is now one of approximately five percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle Scout and joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Roger B. Chaffee, cinematographer Steven Spielberg and the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, Robert Gates.

Sinclair is a 2012 graduate of Rockford High School and plans to pursue a career in computer technology. He is the son of Clyde and Deborah Sinclair of Rockford.

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