by Peter Jakey–Managing Editor
Grant Popour, 18, was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award, Eagle Scout.
On Oct. 14, at St. Paul Catholic Church’s hall in Onaway, a National Eagle Scout Court of Honor convened to award the Eagle Scout rank to Popour. He was still 17 when he obtained the distinguished award and was a member of Onaway’s Troop 68. Rogers City does not have an active Boy Scout Troop.
The son of Don and Cheryl Popour is a Rogers City High School senior. He has been involved in Scouting since joining Cub Scout Pack 3089 in 2001.
“It’s definitely one of my greatest accomplishments ever,” said Popour.
The Eagle Scout rank is obtained by less than 4 percent of boys entering into the Boy Scout program.
A requirement for the rank is a civic service project; Popour renovated hiking trails at Clear Lake State Park.
His role in the project is to supervise the work and had help from a group of 20 family, friends and fellow Scouts. “I can’t touch anything,” said Grant. “We divided the trails up and did certain parts. It wasn’t clear-cut, but it was enough to make it less hazardous.”
Roots were removed from the trail and new wood chips laid. “We didn’t do the full six miles, but I think it was about two-and-a-half,” he said.
The trails are located near the campground.
Awards Popour have earned include: Arrow of Light, AD Altare Dei, National Trooper Leadership Training, 2010 National Scout Jamboree, as well as 25 merit badges.
He played football this past fall for the Hurons, and is getting prepared for the wrestling season. He will golf in the spring and attend Lake Superior State University next fall, but hasn’t decided on a major.