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James Vogel is Troop 101's Newest Eagle Scout
By Penny Williams    5-19-16

Members of the Raymond community and family and friends gathered at the Zion Camp on Saturday morning, May 7 to welcome James Vogel as the new Troop 101 Eagle Scout.

Troop 101 is sponsored by the Raymond Firefighter's Association and is hosted by the Raymond Sportsman's Club. It was chartered in December 2010 from the merger of Raymond Troops 100 and 111. James is the last of the original Scout Troop 100 scouts.

The Eagle Scout’s father, Doug Vogel, opened the Eagle Scout Court of Honor, and Scott Rogers, Troop 101 Scoutmaster, introduced Joseph Cowan as master of ceremonies.

All those who spoke about James and gave him certificates and plaques paid tribute to his outstanding scouting career, calling him a great role model for younger scouts and saying he always went "above and beyond." To a person, they described James as exemplifying the characteristics of an Eagle Scout - honorable, loyal, courageous, cheerful, dedicated to service and having the vision to lead to a better tomorrow.


Among other certificates and letters of recognition, Raymond Fire Chief Kevin Pratt, representing the Raymond Firefighter's Association, presented James with the Eagle Scout plaque with his name added and congratulated him for his outstanding scouting journey. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts of America. In order to achieve the honor, a scout has to earn merit badges, serve his troop in a leadership position and plan and carry out a community project.

James received his Eagle Scout pin and kerchief from his parents, Christina and Doug Vogel, and James in turn gave his mother and father a pin in honor of their contributions to his scouting career and to him as their son.

James' community project was the razing of the existing stage and construction of a new 12-foot by 20-foot stage at Riverside Park. The new stage has a log cabin style back wall and a metal roof, and a complete new foundation was added.

He raised the funds for his project by holding bake sales and a car wash as well as by selling marble plaques that are now mounted on the signboard next to the stage. The project took 282 man-hours and involved James, members of Troop 101, volunteers, and family and friends. It cost well over $5,000, much of that donated by local businesses.

Raymond Selectman Chairman Greg Bemis, who is also the chairman of the Riverside Park Committee, and Kathy Lee, Riverside Park Committee secretary, said James' project is a wonderful addition to Riverside Park and is beneficial for the whole community.

State Senator John Reagan, R-Deerfield and State Representatives Kathleen Hoelzel and Mike Kappler, both R-Raymond, presented James with certificates of accomplishment and proclamations from the New Hampshire Senate and the House of Representatives. Also honoring James were Selectmen Jonathan Wood, Jack Barnes, and Bemis.


"All of you here have helped make me what I am," James told the assembled gathering. He paid a special thank you to his mother and arranged for flowers to be handed to her. He thanked his father for introducing him to scouting and for being a remarkable role model, helping not just him but all the other scouts. He also thanked Troop 101 and encouraged his fellow scouts to keep scouting going.

James described the creation of a sword as symbolically similar to the way an Eagle Scout is created. The ceremony also included a short slide show that focused on James’s life and his scouting journey, and after a few buddies had the opportunity to roast him gently, those attending were invited to share the luncheon provided.


James Vogel lights candles.


Only four percent of Scouts attain the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.

James joined Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout at age seven. In his scouting career, he earned the Parvuli Dei Religious Award, the Hawaiian'a Award, the World Conservation Award, the Honolulu Heritage Trail Award, and the National Outdoor Award for Camping. One of James' scouting highlights was his troop's high-adventure camping trip to Hawaii in 2015.

James, 17, a junior at Learning Skills Academy in Rye, has been active in Rockingham County 4-H for eight years and is currently a 4-H Teen Ambassador. A member of Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manchester, he has been an altar server for 10 years.


James Vogel speaking to his guests.

Because James earned his Eagle rank at the age of 17, he is able to continue earning merit badges and mentor younger scouts in his troop, encouraging them to also achieve the rank of Eagle.













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