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Bladen County recognizes Eagle Scout Elliott Madden

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Photos by: Blair Elizabeth Felder

An Eagle Scout is the highest achievement one can earn in the Boy Scouts of America program. Only about four percent of Boy Scouts receive the rank of an Eagle Scout. Last Thursday, Elliott Madden joined a very prestigious group when he received the great distinction of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Friends, family and fellow scouts celebrated Elliott’s achievement with a ceremony at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Eagle Scout, Greg Conner with Boy Scout Troop 600, was Master of Ceremonies. Scout Master Mark Gillespie spoke about training Elliott starting at the Boy Scout level when Elliott was about the age of 11.

Daine Smith with Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, an employer of Elliott, spoke about the Eagle Scout’s character. Daine said, “at work, he has always been prompt, candid and very willing to participate in whatever we have asked. I have found him to be a very kind, well-mannered and an honest young man.”

“I have had the privilege, over the years, of watching him mature into a young man that any parent would be most proud of, it has been a rewarding experience as I have observed his growth in life,” Daine ended by saying.

Elliott was front and center during the ceremony while his leaders and others took turns honoring him during the ceremony.

“He wants to go to the Naval Academy,” Gillespie said. “I am very proud of him.”

Before the night ended, Elliott thanked his leaders, honored his mom, Dawn Madden, and is dad, Eddie Madden, with pins. He also gave his dad credit for his Eagle Scout achievement.

After the ceremony everyone enjoyed refreshments served by the family.