2017-10-12 / News

Brennen Herr third member of family to become Eagle Scout

By Sam Tunningley


Brennen Herr stands between his mother and father during his Eagle Scout ceremony on Sunday, October 8, at the New Lothrop Church of the Nazarene. Brennen Herr stands between his mother and father during his Eagle Scout ceremony on Sunday, October 8, at the New Lothrop Church of the Nazarene. The rank of an Eagle Scout requires a lofty amount of dedication, and scouts who go on to achieve the highest honor in Boy Scouts are few and far between.

The Herr family is an anomaly: Brennen Herr, a scout in Troop 302 and junior at Flushing High School, is the third of his siblings to earn his Eagle Scout ribbon. His brothers, Nolan and Mason, are part of the same troop, of which their father Stephen Herr is scoutmaster.

Herr, like his brother Nolan, credits Stephen with instilling the values that led to his accomplishment. During his ceremony Sunday, Oct. 8, at the New Lothrop Church of the Nazarene, Herr awarded the Mentor Pin, given to the person who served as a main source of inspiration for the scout, to his father. District 51 state Rep. Joe Graves and H. Dann Parris II, an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were in attendance to congratulate Brennen.

“My father was Cub scoutmaster for five years and my scoutmaster for a couple more. He made sure my brothers stayed with scouting and stayed on the trail to Eagle,” said Herr.

There are several milestones, not to mention loads of paperwork, one must complete before becoming an Eagle Scout. The most major of these is a final project for the community. Nolan completed a white fence around the AYSO soccer field; Brennen chose to build Flushing Middle School their very own gaga ball pit.

The process started, said Herr, after a conversation with a friend in church mentioned they would like to see a pit put in place at the middle school. Herr went to local businesses, such as Menard’s and Home Depot, as well as the school board, and worked with a team of fellow scouts at the high school to complete the project.

Gaga ball is a game similar to dodgeball, but played with only a single ball in an octagonal pit. Since the project’s completion, the middle school has added the game to its physical fitness curriculum.

Brennen is a player on the soccer and wrestling teams at Flushing High School. After he completes high school, he plans on joining the Coast Guard’s ROTC program and studying criminal justice and political science. He hopes to join the FBI.

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