Colonial Forge Scout earns Eagle rank

Justin Addis’ Eagle project refurbished sheds behind the high school football stadium.

Justin Addis of Hartwood Troop 1717, the son of Jason and Maria Addis of Stafford County, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. The Eagle Scout medal was presented to him by Scoutmaster Michael Grabber in April at a Court of Honor held at the Hartwood Presbyterian Church, the proud sponsor of Troop 1717. Assisting in the ceremony were Addis’ two younger brothers, Joshua and Jay, who are also in the Troop. In addition to the Eagle medal, Addis was awarded a bronze palm for having completed five merit badges beyond the 21 necessary to earn Eagle. Stafford County Supervisor Gary Snellings spoke to the assembly and presented Addis with a flag on behalf of the county. Mr. Richard Addis, Justin’s grandfather, traveled from California to attend the ceremony and visit.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Addis worked with the Colonial Forge High School Athletics Department to lead a group of fellow Scouts and friends to refurbish, rebuild and paint two booster club sales sheds behind the high school football stadium that had fallen into disrepair. The project took more than 260 man hours to complete.

Addis first joined Scouting through Pack 578 at Rocky Run Elementary at age 7, where he ultimately earned Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light. At age 11, he joined Troop 1717 in Hartwood. Throughout his Scouting career, Addis has served in leadership roles including Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Troop OA Representative and Bear Claw Leadership Staff. He is a Brotherhood member of the BSA’s camping honor society, the Order of the Arrow, and has earned the Ad Altare Dei Catholic religious award. In 2016, he traveled to the BSA’s Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., and in 2014, he attended the winter session of Okpik at the BSA’s Northern Tier High Adventure Center in Minnesota where he camped out on a frozen lake in temperatures as low as 17 degrees below zero. More recently, he attended the BSA’s Sea Base High Adventure Base in Florida which qualified him to become the first Scout in his Troop to earn BSA’s “Triple Crown” High Adventure award. In addition to attending the 2017 BSA National Jamboree at The Summit in West Virginia, he has attended numerous Scout summer camps including Camp Aquehonga in New York, Henson Scout Reservation in Delaware, and Camp Powhatan, Camp T. Brady Saunders and Camp Olmsted at Goshen Scout Reservation in Virginia.

Addis is a junior at Colonial Forge High School where he is a member of the tennis team. He is an active congregant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. Ultimately, he hopes to earn a master’s degree in cybersecurity at Virginia Tech.

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