Oakville High student earns rank of Eagle Scout

Daniel Blake Cormack recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is pictured with his parents, Christopher Cormack, left, and Karen Cormack, right. Also pictured is Tony Dill of the Gravois Trail Eagle Scout Association.

Daniel Blake Cormack recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is pictured with his parents, Christopher Cormack, left, and Karen Cormack, right. Also pictured is Tony Dill of the Gravois Trail Eagle Scout Association.

Boy Scout Troop 61 member Daniel Blake Cormack of Oakville recently attained the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank offered in Scouting.

Daniel is the 27th Scout in Troop 61 to earn the prestigious Eagle rank, which just 3 percent to 4 percent of Boy Scouts achieve. He is the son of Christopher and Karen Cormack.

Daniel, 18, attends Oakville High School. He completed 35 merit badges in preparation to receive the Eagle Scout award.

Daniel’s Eagle Scout project involved replacing a display of large wooden crosses on the hillside along Highway 21, behind Concord Baptist Church. He planned and organized his troop in the removal of the old crosses, which were damaged and in disrepair. Daniel designed a new display of 20-foot crosses, which were constructed and erected with the help of his troop.

The project met the Scout goal of duty to God and paid tribute to Concord Baptist Church, a major influence in Daniel’s life.

He was honored during a Court of Honor attended by family members from Alaska, Florida, Kentucky and Kansas City, and friends. Tony Dill, a lifelong Eagle Scout and Gravois Trail Eagle Scout Association representative, conferred the rank of Eagle on Daniel. He also received a resolution from Rep. Marsha Haefner of Oakville.