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Two attain Eagle Scout rank at age 13
Eagle Scouts Brock Herrin, left, and Lane McMurtrey. - photo by Photo Contributed
Brock Herrin and Lane McMurtrey are two of the newest members of the Boys Scouts of America to attain the highest Rank of Eagle Scout.

  It is an award that only 2% of all scouts nationwide ever achieve.  A joint ceremony took place on June 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Northland meeting house, where many family and friends gathered for the event.  Brock is a member of Troop 440 and Lane is a member of Troop 441.

Brock is the son of Steve and Lisa Herrin, and is their second son to achieve this prestigious honor at the young age of 13 years.  Brock comes from a long line of Eagle scouts including his father, Steve, older brother, grandfather, and nine uncles.

Duty to God, country, and service to others, are core principles taught through- out the Boy Scout program.  In addition to completing a minimum of 21 merit badges (Brock completed 26 merit badges) covering various topics such as Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Personal Management, and Wilderness Survival, Eagle Scouts must develop, organize and oversee the completion of a community service project.  

Brock’s project included the renovation of Acacia Park in Ripon by painting and replacing broken wooden boards on picnic tables and benches, pouring a new layer of cement to cover etched graffiti and general clean up of landscaping and weeds.  

“My family and friends sit out there and watch their children play baseball and football,” Brock said when asked why he chose the project. “Local families gather to barbeque and enjoy the park.  My project will make it safer and make the park look nicer for those who use the park.  Another reason is that my older brother renovated the other side of the park for his Eagle Project and I wanted to add to what my brother had started.”  

Along with Scouting, Brock enjoys basketball, soccer, and golf.  He is active in his church and had served in leadership positions.  

Some of Brock’s goals are to graduate from Ripon High School, attend Brigham Young University and serve a 2-year mission for his church.  He also sees himself helping other boys achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, starting with his younger brother, Rhet, who just entered the Boy Scout program.  Brock is excited about his accomplishment and appreciates the support of his family, scout troop, church leaders and friends.

Lane is the son of Eric and April McMurtrey, and is also their second son to achieve this prestigious award of Eagle Scout.  Like his friend Brook, Lane completed this amazing feat at the young age of 13 years.

Scouting and the values of duty to God, country and fellowman are very important to the McMurtrey family.  Eric and April are very proud of Lane and his ability to set goals, follow through and learn great leadership skills.  

His mother, April said, “It was so much fun to see the growth in my son and to watch him be a leader of his peers and adults at his tender age”.  

In addition to completing 22 merit badges covering a wide range of topics such as Rifle Shooting, Camping, First Aid, and Personal Fitness.   Lane planned, organized and carried out a great community service project.  Lane chose to head up and organize a “community clothes swap”.  The idea was to have the community donate clothing and those who needed clothing could come and take whatever they needed.

Lane distributed flyers, sent email and letters to churches, food banks and other organizations that provide for people in need.  Lane told the newspaper about what he was doing.  They were very impressed and sent out a reporter who ran an article in the Manteca Bulletin about his project.  Lane held the community clothing swap at the Manteca Community Center.  

Weeks before the event, many people were dropping off clothing to the McMurtrey home.  There was a huge mountain of clothes, almost unbelievable.  Many scouts, scout leaders, family and friends helped to sort this massive pile into size and gender, so that it would be ready for the community.  Over 175 man hours were donated throughout this project.  

“Everyone was so generous and so willing to help,” Lane said. “It felt good to provide clothing for those in need”.

Along with Scouting, Lane enjoys racing road bikes and playing the guitar.

Some of Lane’s goals are to graduate from high school, serve a two year mission for his church and get a Masters Degree in Engineering.  Lane and his parents are grateful to the many people who helped Lane along this journey to Eagle Scout.  Lane is very excited about his accomplishment and said that it felt great to make his dad so proud.