Weatherford Democrat

April 26, 2013

Where eagles soar

Local BSA Troop 1228 announces twin brothers achieve Eagle Scout rank

Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports

SPRINGTOWN – James and Jacob Sorah, twin brothers of Boy Scout Troop 1228, in Springtown, have both achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

They are the sons of Jay and Karen Sorah, of Springtown. They are the older brothers of  Jillian and Jane Elisabeth, who are both active in American Heritage Girls, as well as a younger brother, John, who is active in Cub Scouts.

A ceremony formally conveying the Eagle Scout rank on James and Jacob is 6 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Family Church, in Springtown.

The 14-year-old twins began scouting together at the age of 7 as cub scouts. Born in Fort Worth, they have resided in Springtown with their family more than 10 years. They continued through the ranks of cub scouts to achieve the Arrow of Light (Cub Scout’s highest honor).

Crossing over into Boy Scouts brought new opportunities. Their scouting highlights include camping, hiking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch and aquatics including the Mile Swim award.

Recently, James and Jacob completed BSA’s National Youth Leadership Training, which provided a week-long intensive program for leadership development. The most notable events in their scouting and life achievements focus on service including canned food and blanket drives for the needy, monthly service at a local homeless shelter, visits to local retirement homes, fundraiser for Japan’s tsunami relief, conservation projects including planting trees and trash clean-up.

The vision and focus of both James’ and Jacob’s Eagle Scout service projects were based upon the community public health concern of West Nile Virus. Both projects included public awareness on the prevention of West Nile Virus. James’ project considered the homeless and their limitations to retreat from the pests that spread and affect the deadly virus. His project completed more than 100 backpacks for the homeless including hygiene essentials, a blanket, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, Holy Bible and bug screen.

Jacob’s project considered the community and the impact from West Nile Virus. He took a proactive approach to West Nile Virus by building purple martin housing to provide for a colony more than 250 birds. Purple martins eat more than 2,000 mosquitoes daily. His project also included planting a tree.

Another cherished aspect of service was geared for veterans, including a flag retirement ceremony for the local VFW, placing American flags on service members’ graves, and the “Welcome Home Hero” program.

James and Jacob have also pursued activities outside of scouting including basketball, karate, 4-H Robotics program and playing the violin. These young men have a passion for their community and country.

They are recognized for their contribution at community events for voter awareness, color guard at community events, county and state conventions and campaigs for election candidates.

They took this passion to deeper levels as participants and recognized students in Blackstone Institute courses on our U.S. Constitution as well as competing in Moot Court events. James and Jacob are home schooled and are active in their community.

Both young men are attending NALYE National Youth Advanced Leadership Experience this summer at BSA Philmont High Adventure Camp. They will continue to serve their troop and community.