The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Local scout earns Eagle rank

  • Colton Vineyard, 18, has never had it easy — and he won't take the easy way out.
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  • Colton Vineyard, 18, has never had it easy — and he won’t take the easy way out.
    Colton is dyslexic. Dyslexia is a reading disorder that makes school difficult. Colton persevered and now after a year at Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale he is doing fine at reading and comprehension.
    “It is a good school,” he said. “It has helped me improve my reading and auditory comprehension. It takes me longer than most people to read something.”
    His mother, Terra said, “It is a great opportunity, no bullies, and it’s a great environment.”
    The Boy Scouts of America offers a modified Eagle Scout program, tailored to the needs of disabled Scouts, but Colton opted out and took the regular Eagle Scout course.
    “I don’t need a crutch,” he said.
    He earned more badges than he cared to count on a beautiful spring day.
    He has been taught that many famous, accomplished people have been or are dyslexic. Steven Spielberg, Albert Einstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Erin Brockovich and Henry Winkler are all dyslexic, but overcame it.
    “You wouldn’t think it possible for Albert Einstein, but he was,” said Colton.
    The requirements for Eagle rank include a community service project and Colton had a good ideal. His church, Harrisburg First Presbyterian, asked for help and he filled their need. He organized a work crew, acquired materials at low cost and refurbished the public restrooms at the church.
    Colton, his friend Raymond McIntosh, 17; Mason Denbo, 14; his sister, Haley Vineyard, 16; Zachary Clarida, 17; fellow boy scout, Connar, 12; David Higgs, 17; and Sarah Butler, 14, all contributed time and effort. Leaders who supported the project were his scout master, Bob Dick and Paula Fulkerson.
    Public service was only a part of the whole. Many badges had to be earned. For Colton the hardest was the badge for fitness.
    When describing his scouting career he sums it up this way: “It has been a long great ride. I have made a lot of friends and have memories I will never forget.”
    His Court of Honor was March 29 and at that ceremony he gave his mentor pin to Coach Gregory Douglass of Brehm School who helped him earn the fitness badge.
    Others he wanted to thank for helping were: Dave Clemmons at Barnes Lumber and Herrin Hospital for gloves and masks needed in sanding and refinishing. He said he was grateful to leaders Bob Dick, scoutmaster; Rick Nelson; Jeff Fulkerson; Paula and Justin Fulkerson.
    There are seven scouts in the troop at The Presbyterian Church and four leaders. Notables who sent him congratulatory letters were: Jimmy Carter, President Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, the U.S. Army, Knights of Pitheus, Les Stroud of the Discovery Channel, Mike Rowe of the TV show “Dirty Jobs” and the U.S. Air Force.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Duck Dynasty was the first to send him a letter,” father Keith Vineyard said.
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