Thursday August 04, 2016
Jeremy Little was named the Vermont Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Eagle Scout of the Year for 2016. He was presented with a certificate of recognition by the Vermont Department Commander Donald Dockter and VFW National Councilman Ronald Tallman at the VFW 85th Convention in Rutland. A soon to be sophomore at South Burlington High School, Little also was the recipient of the Scout of the Year Award from VFW Charles E DaPrato Post 778 in Swanton.
Charles Magnant, Quartermaster/Adjutant at the Charles DaPrato Post 778, explains that there are many qualifications necessary for a scout to be considered a candidate for the award, including completion of a community project and letters of recommendation. Magnant says that he believes Little is one of the youngest scouts ever to be selected for this honor.
“I would have to say that he is one of the most level headed individuals that I have ever met at his age. He has a vision of what his life could be and has set the goal of achieving it. He is a very smart individual that is fun to be around,” says Magnant.
Little started scouting in first grade as a Tiger Scout in the Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout program and crossed over into Boy Scouts during his summer vacation after fifth grade. He says that he enjoys all the opportunities scouting presents and describes it as “something that sticks with you your whole life.”
Earning the status of Eagle Scout puts Little in excellent company. Notables like Neil Armstrong, Bill Gates, and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen G. Breyer have all earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which is a performance-based achievement with requirements in leadership, service, and outdoor skills.
According to Little, “Being an Eagle Scout is not only a culmination of much of what I have worked towards, it is also proof to other scouts what you can do and achieve within the program. It means that I am a role model for others and I strive to act accordingly.”
This summer Little is headed to Boy Scout summer camp in Hidden Valley, New Hampshire. In addition, he will also volunteer with other scouts to help run activities at a Cub Scout camp.
When asked how he manages school along with all the scouting activities, Little reports, “Usually the best way to find time is to not procrastinate on homework, but it usually isn’t that hard. Most activities are planned on weekends and planned weeks or months in advance. My goal is always to complete a page of a merit badge worksheet a night, which is easier than it seems.” If time management were a merit badge in scouting, it is certain Little would have earned that as well.