Aaron Solle

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Aaron Timothy Solle

Aaron was born on February 22, 1996 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He attended Westside Elementary, and like his older brother Matt, joined Pack 132 as a Tiger Cub.  His mom was his leader from Bears to second year Webelos.  Aaron began attending the Winteree when he was a first year Webelos.  He attended all the Green Canyon campouts as a Webelos as well.  Aaron bridged over to Troop 6 at the end of 5th grade.  Cheryl Siedelmann became his Scoutmaster.  

His first summer camp was at Treasure Mountain in 2007.  He enjoyed the cooking and earned four merit badges.  Aaron and Hans Kaiser were the only scouts in Troop 6 to earn the Brave and Chief Arrow respectively.  For this  Blaine Johnson took the time to work with Aaron, until he could tie eight knots in less than 3 minutes.  In 2008 Aaron went to Camp Morrison in McCall.  Aaron enjoyed spending time in front of the scout store with his refillable soda cup, much to Cheryl‘s chagrin.  He attended Cedar Badge held at Island Park Scout Camp that same summer.  In 2009 he went back to Island Park, and had his favorite summer camp experience.  Besides playing endless hours of cards with his patrol, his patrol really worked well together.  Aaron went to Camp Easton in 2010 and earned more merit badges, his favorite being water sports.  

Aaron’s favorite activity has been the Winteree, with its skills competitions, sledding and outdoor challenges.  While in scouts he has also enjoyed rock climbing and scuba diving.  Aaron has served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader.  His Eagle Project involved the tearing down and the re-building of a new 400 foot fence at the Community Outreach Center, which houses the Soup Kitchen.  

During the fall, Aaron participates on the Skyline Swim Team, and is part of the Skyline Water Polo Team.  He enjoys hunting and shooting with his dad as well rock climbing.  Aaron is involved with Skyline Orchestra as a violinist and teaches violin.  He volunteers at the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen, as well as CanDo Inc., a recreational group for adults with Developmental Disabilities.  

Aaron has learned much from Troop 6, and will always appreciate valuable life skills and lessons learned from the leaders of Troop 6 especially Robin Stewart Blaine Johnson and Cheryl Siedelmann. 


January 4, 2013

Opening Ceremony Taven Smith

Senior Patrol Leader

Eagle Investiture Cheryl Siedelmann

Troop Committee Chairman

Slide Show Troop 6 Leaders

Award Presentation Troop 6 Leaders

Charge to Eagles Eagle Scout Matt Solle

Benediction Chaplain Harlan Lerum

Troop 6 Leaders: Scoutmaster, Robin Stewart

Assistant Scoutmasters: Elliot Sussman, Bryan Breffle,

Harlan Lerum, Blaine Johnson, Richard Dickson

Committee members:  Jovita Cosens     

Sara Jensen, Moira and Tim Solle, 

Eric Lybeck, Bob Boozer, Sara Jensen

 Lisa Schulhauser, Nancy Stewart

Chaplain:  Harlan Lerum

Committee Chairman:  Cheryl Siedelmann

Chartered Org. Representative:  Bill O’Steen

Reception will follow, provided by Aaron’s parents.

Troop 6 BSA is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church 

and is chartered  in the Eagle Rock District of the Grand Teton Council


[At 6:50 - SPL is in place at podium, 12 scouts in line at left ready to do their part.  One Candle is lit in holder.   SPL gives Scout sign.  As silence is complete.]

[Purple candle is lit before the ceremony starts.]

SPL: Scouts, scouters, guests, friends and family, please rise... 

SPL:  Color Guard Assemble

Hand salute

Color Guard Forward, Halt

Please post the colors

[The color guard enters from the rear ]

SPL: Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I pledge allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

And to the Republic, for which it stands

One nation under God, indivisible

with Liberty and Justice for all.  Two.

SPL:  Scouts and Scouters, please make the Scout sign and Join me in the Scout Oath -

On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country

And to obey the Scout law

To help other people at all times

To keep myself physically strong,

Mentally awake and morally straight.

SPL: Two.  Color guard, dismissed.  The audience may be seated.

SPL: Harlan Lerum, Chaplain of Troop 6, will give the invocation.

Harlan: Prayer.  [Gives prayer from main podium.]

SPL: The Master of Ceremonies for this evening's Court of Honor is Cheryl Siedelmann, Committee Chairman of Troop 6.

MC:  I, Cheryl Siedelmann, on behalf of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, now call this National Court of Honor to order.

MC:   To earn the higher rank in Scouting, a young man has to spend a great deal of time and effort.  Therefore the occasion which recognizes his accomplishments is very special.

MC:  When a boy becomes a scout, there should be instilled within him something that we call the "Scouting Spirit."  This single lighted candle represents that spirit.  [HOLD UP THE LIT CANDLE] Because the scouting spirit embodies the fine principles of the Scout Oath and Law, it becomes a shining beacon of inspiration.  Alone this light may be feeble, but when multiplied by the more than four million youth in Scouting, it can become very powerful indeed.

MC:  The Scouts of Troop 6 will now present the Scout Law:  

[Scouts, holding candles, walk up to center microphone. SPL lights the candles after he gives each law point. Scouts read law explanation.]

SPL:  A Scout is Trustworthy.

Scout 1:  A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.

SPL:  A Scout is Loyal.

Scout 2:  A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.

SPL:  A Scout is Helpful.

Scout 3:  A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.

SPL: A Scout is Friendly.

Scout 4:  A Scout is a friend to all.  He is a brother to other Scouts. 

He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.

SPL:  A Scout is Courteous.

Scout 5:  A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.  He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.

Caller A Scout is Kind.

Scout 6:  A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle.  He treats others as he wants to be treated.  Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.

SPL:  A Scout is Obedient.

Scout 7:  A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.  He obeys the laws of his community and country.  If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.

SPL:  A Scout is Cheerful.

Scout 8:  A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

SPL: A Scout is Thrifty.

Scout 9:  A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others.  He saves for the future.  He protects and conserves natural resources.  He carefully uses time and property.

SPL: A Scout is Brave.

Scout 10:  A Scout can face danger although he is afraid.  He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

SPL:  A Scout is Clean.

Scout 11:  A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.  He chooses the company  of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.

SPL:  A Scout is Reverent.

Scout 12:  A Scout is reverent toward God.  He is faithful in his religious duties.  He respects the beliefs of others.

SPL:  Thank you Scouts, extinguish your candles, you are dismissed.


MC: We are gathered here tonight to bestow the rank of Eagle Scout on Aaron T. Solle.  The Eagle Award is the culmination of the various efforts of many leaders of this Scout.  It is an occasion for pride and joy and a time for serious contemplation.  We realize that this is the highest rank in Scouting, and the most coveted of all awards in Scouting.  It is the last major step in the advancement program.  It is, therefore, right and proper that a careful examination of the qualifications of applicant has been made.  In order that you may understand the completeness of our examination, we shall explain the various inquiries made regarding the candidate.  First, Robin Stewart, representing the Scoutmasters of Troop 6.

Robin: The first consideration in the examination of Aaron’s was proficiency in the various crafts and skills prescribed in the requirements for the Eagle Award.  He presented a record of 30 merit badges earned and these have been carefully checked.  He has been certified by merit badge counselors approved by the troop committee, and the Board found that Aaron has fully qualified for the 21 required merit badges for the Eagle Award.

MC:Eric Lybeck is representing the Board of Review formed from the Troop 6 Committee.

Eric: Another important consideration for the Eagle Award is leadership.  The Board of Review has carefully reviewed the record of the leadership positions Aaron has held in the troop, including Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.  The Eagle service project which Aaron planned and supervised, was to build a new fence for the Soup Kitchen.  We find that He has demonstrated his capacity and his willingness to use his leadership ability in activities that are constructive and worthwhile in this community.  We believe that he is qualified to receive the Eagle Award.

MC: And now, Bill O’Steen, representing the sponsoring organization, Trinity United Methodist Church, which supports our troop.

Bill: Last, but certainly not least, is the Scout's character.  We have heard from teachers, his pastor, his parents, his neighbors, and many others regarding Aaron.  It is the finding of the Board that he is working to put into practice in his daily life, the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.  We believe he will continue these habits after receiving the Eagle Award.


MC: Would the Troop 6 Honor Guard escort the candidate, Aaron Timothy Solle to the podium.

[Display first slide - Aaron with Eagle badge.]

[Honor guard brings Aaron forward, facing the audience. 4 ASMs step up to mic.]

[Aaron  stands ready to light  the appropriate candles as required.  Assistant Scoutmasters mover to lower podium.]

MC: Honor Guard dismissed.

MC: There are lifelong responsibilities and obligations that come with the rank of Eagle Scout and they should not be undertaken lightly.

ASM 1: The first obligation of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor.  An Eagle's honor is sacred.  Honor is the foundation of all character.  Character is what one really is down deep inside, not what someone thinks one is.  An Eagle will so live that he reflects honor upon his home, his church, his school, his friends and upon himself... May the white of your badge remind you to live with honor.

[Aaron lights white candle] 

ASM 2: The second obligation of an Eagle Scout is loyalty.  Without loyalty, all character lacks direction.  An Eagle is loyal to his ideals.  “To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night into day, thou cannot then be false to any man.”  Neither pain nor profit, pride nor personal loss shall swerve him in his loyalty...  May the blue of your badge remind you to always be loyal.

[Aaron lights blue candle] 

ASM 3: The third obligation of an Eagle Scout is courage.  Courage gives all character force and strength.  Trusting in God and with faith in his fellow man, he faces each day unafraid and seeks his share of the world's work to do... May the red of your badge remind you always of courage.

[Aaron lights red candle] 

ASM 4: The final obligation of an Eagle Scout is service.  He extends a helping hand to those who still toil up the Scouting trail he has just completed, just as others helped him in his achievement of the Eagle Rank.  The habit of the daily Good Turn must take on new meaning, and blossom forth in a life of service.  He protects and defends the weak and helpless.  He aids and comforts the unfortunate and the oppressed.  He upholds the rights of others while demanding his own.  His code of action is based upon the belief that real leadership must be founded upon real service... May the motto "Be Prepared" always remind you that as an Eagle you are among those best prepared to be of service to others...  May the eagle suspended from the ribbon always remind you to perform that service when the opportunity presents itself.

MC:Eagle Candidate Aaron Solle, are you willing to accept these responsibilities?

Aaron: I am. 

MC:We’ve collected some of your Scout pictures to remind you and the others of the fun you had in Scouting.  

[Readers get ready.  MC extinguishes all the candles.]

  1. Aaron displays his great love for scouting and the great outdoors
  2. As a bear scout, Aaron helps build a tepee in front of Eagle Rock junior high
  3. He displays a rare smile while listening to the speaker
  4. The smile vanishes as work continues on the tepee
  5. Aaron learns a Native American dance with his fellow cub scouts
  6. Aaron stands at attention with Bob Yoder and his brother Matt at a Veteran’s day ceremony at the hospital
  7. He reads his script for the ceremony while a mulleted Matthew looks on
  8. Aaron and Matthew seem to have amused Mayor Jared Fuhriman
  9. Aaron studies scout skills with his father
  10. Abandoned by his patrol, Aaron wanders aimlessly through the snow at the Winteree
  11. After administering first aid to Jim Mayer, Aaron appears worried that a tourniquet was not the right choice.
  12. Aaron, his father Tim, and Andrew work on the treasure hunt at pine basin lodge
  13. With a look of extreme concentration, Aaron psyches himself up for a flag ceremony at Krupp Scout Hollow with future leader Robin Stewart
  14. Aaron bears his flag proudly at the 4th of July parade with Nick Addiego, Austin Jensen, Matt, and Bob.
  15. Aaron embarks on one of his first Troop 6 campouts at Krupp with his first patrol, the Ravens
  16. In perfect step, Aaron, Freddy Gray, and RJ Miller prepare to raise the flag
  17. The scouts enjoy a meal of pizza at the fire circle at Krupp
  18. Eric Cosens and Aaron get their ghoul on for the haunting of the elks club
  19. Armed with a bloody blade and his knight helmet, Aaron is an intimidating figure in the elks club spook alley, with Rowan Gazaway and Eric behind
  20. Volunteering is an important part of scouting. The scouts display various levels of enthusiasm at the conclusion of collecting items for the Troop 6 rummage sale
  21. Aaron volunteered to be a victim for the emergency evacuation drills at EIRMC
  22. He also volunteered at the Eagle Rock Scouting Round Table
  23. Aaron got to attend his first summer camp at Treasure Mountain, here with Brendon Conley, Matt, Austin, and RJ
  24. His scoutmaster and former cub master Blaine Johnson teaches Aaron valuable outdoor skills
  25. Bob, Brendon, Aaron, Lance Johnson, and Hans Kaser watch a treasure mountain campfire program
  26. At a Court of Honor, Aaron receives an award from Scoutmaster Cheryl Siedelmann
  27. He receives another from Mike Kelso
  28. Blaine helps Aaron make his trusty capote
  29. Sheltering from the cold at Green Canyon, Aaron sits with Blaine, Jared Hinckley, Matt, and Dean Addiego
  30. Here Aaron works on first aid at his 2nd summer camp, Camp Morrison
  31. Aaron  listens to his archery instructor at Camp Morrison
  32. Aaron is surprised to have been caught on camera while stealing Bob’s chips
  33. In a more solemn moment, Aaron and Matt prepare to retire a heavily used flag at Morrison
  34. The rest of the scouts salute as they retire the flag
  35. Aaron and Austin drag their canoe off the beach at the waterfront
  36. Aaron stands proudly at the Cedar Badge closing ceremony in Island park
  37. He bears an American flag at the closing ceremony
  38. Here he stands with other flag bearers at the end of the ceremony
  39. Aaron stands with his mother for a photo at another court of honor
  40. Aaron and Austin wash dishes in the church after an eagle ceremony
  41. Here he is with Calen Kelso, Matt, Brendon, Nathan Macomb, and Eric at another Eagle Ceremony
  42. Already well on his way to Eagle, Aaron checks his progress with Robin
  43. Matt and Aaron pause for a photo at a Merit Badge Scramble
  44. His brother Matt inducts him to be his Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  45. Here he pauses after a series of intense card games at the  Krupp Scout Hollow Winteree
  46. Back at Krupp in the summer, Aaron pushes Nathan in a jousting competition during the medieval family camp. The jousting was ended prematurely when the scouts began to joust each other instead of the hanging target.
  47. Commanded by his brother Matthew, Aaron strangles a hapless victim during the popular scout skit “Igor”
  48. He explores the abandoned caboose at Krupp during some free time
  49. Aaron reads a card during game time at a troop meeting
  50. Wesley Conley, Brendon, Eric, Nathan, and Aaron pay close attention as Blaine shows them the internal workings of a chainsaw
  51. He works on a pioneering project with another troop during a skills session
  52. Aaron and Eric face of in a game of checkers at the Siedelmann cabin during junior leadership training
  53. Here his patrol washes dishes after a meal
  54. Aaron prepares to ascend at the Stonewall climbing wall
  55. He double checks his figure-8 knot before climbing
  56. His climbing practice at Stonewalls pays off!  Aaron can now trust his knot tying skills, he rappels down a tower at Island Park Scout camp
  57. Aaron makes yet another funny face as the troop digs in to a meal at Island Park
  58. He watches a feat of agility from Austin at the obstacle course
  59. Here he battles Brendon in a test of strength
  60. Eating:   Many a scouts favorite scouting activity
  61. Aaron sits with Calen, Doug Boozer, his father, and Greg Macomb at a biking outing
  62. The scouts suit up and prepare for a long day of biking
  63. Aaron assembles his tent at the Jamboral
  64. He sits with the rest of the troop at the popular troop Christmas party
  65. During leadership training at the Siedelmann cabin, Aaron rests with the Ravens in the shade
  66. Unknown to the rest of the troop, Aaron slides toward the edge of the cliff over Fishpole lake
  67. He practices canoeing at Gem lake with his brother
  68. His new patrol, the A-team, pauses for a moment during the Krupp winteree
  69. Andrew, Aaron, RJ, Nathan, and Brendon sit on their sled at the pine basin winteree
  70. In between scouting skills competitions at the Winteree, Aaron, Andrew, and Nathan pause for a photo
  71. Aaron admires Mrs. Siedelmann’s skillfully built igloo before returning to his hole in the ground
  72. Decked out in fur, its surprising Aaron needed a fire at all.
  73. One of the scarier sides of scout camping trips was Aaron staring at you like this whenever you walked past his tent.
  74. The A-Team patrol assembled this sled entirely from scratch in 30 minutes, and then watched it disassemble itself during the race in a few seconds. Despite this, everyone had a blast.
  75. They take cover underneath their makeshift shelter built from materials in their sled and sticks lying on the ground.
  76. During their many adventures and misadventures, Aaron was the heart and soul of the A-team, always filled with scouting spirit and wearing another of his goofy faces.
  77. Here Aaron works on the trench digging service project at Camp Easton
  78. Playing cards was a popular activity during down time at Easton.
  79. During his last winteree, Aaron poses for a photo with Calen and Andrew
  80. Aaron and Matt prepare to retrieve their model rocket after launching it at the Siedelmann Cabin
  81. Aaron’s Eagle project was to replace this fence behind the soup kitchen with a much sturdier, safer, and  much needed attractive fence.
  82. Here his crew prepares a load of cement for the foundations of the fence
  83. With the foundations in, the fence starts to take shape.
  84. Aaron pauses for a moment as the Boozers measure the space for the next board
  85. Doug takes a well-deserved break while Aaron finishes attaching a board.
  86. The fence is nearing completion as Aaron works with the Oliver brothers.
  87. Once the fence was finished, the hardworking volunteers posed for a photo
  88. The soon-to-be Eagle Scout stands proudly in front of his completed project.


MC:Would the Honor Guard please conduct Aaron’s parents, Moira and Tim Solle, forward.

MC: Honor Guard dismissed.

MC: By the authority vested in this Court of Honor, by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, and by the recommendation of the various persons who have investigated your credentials, your leadership practice and your character, this Court hereby awards the rank of Eagle Scout to Aaron T. Solle of Troop 6 of Idaho Falls.

[Wait for applause.]

MC:  Aaron’s mother, Moira Solle, will now present Aaron with his Eagle Medal.

MC: No-one will ever know the unnumbered acts of service and helpfulness from the mother of this Eagle Scout which has led us to this night.  As the symbol of what this mom has made possible, the court asks Aaron to present his mother with a Mom’s Eagle Pin.

MC:Your father has watched your scouting career over the years, has attended outings and offered his support.  The court asks that you present him with an Eagle Dad Pin.  Your dad will in turn present you with an Eagle tie tack for your use.

MC: Aaron has some grand parent’s pins to present.

MC: Aaron will now present his Eagle mentor pin to Blaine Johnson.

Aaron:  Presents pins, adds his comments.

MC: The leaders of Troop 6 will now present other Eagle items:

MC:  The Eagle Scout badge, and knot for when you turn 18.

MC: The Eagle Neckerchief for you.

MC: Eagle Certificate and card for you.

MC:  Eagle Scout Council Shoulder patch.

MC:I’m proud of my Eagle Scout bumper stickers for your parents.

MC:In remembrance of your scouting career, all the fun times and all the work we have an Eagle album of your Scouting pictures.  

MC: Would the honor guard please escort  the parents to their seats.

[Honor guard moves parents clear, Court resumes their seats, candidate returns to his position near the American Flag.]

MC:Matt Solle will now deliver the Charge to Eagle.  Would all Eagle Scouts in the audience please join us in the Eagle’s nest at the podium.


Matt: Aaron, I have the honor of presenting to you the Charge to Eagle Scouts on this occasion of your elevation to the highest rank in Scouting.  This charge will be a permanent reminder of the principles of the scouting program and of Eagle Scouts.  It can only be presented to you by another Eagle Scout, and I am proud to be one.

The scouts of all nations constitute one of the most wholesome and significant movements in the world's history.  You have been judged by the Boy Scouts of America of being worthy of the highest rank in this great movement.  All who know you rejoice in your achievement.

Your position, as you know, is one of honor and responsibility, you are a marked man.  As an Eagle Scout, you have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to your country, to your fellow Scouts and to mankind in general.  This is a great undertaking.  As you live up to your obligations you bring honor to yourself and to your brother scouts.  America has many good things to give you and your children.  But these good things depend for the most part on the quality of her citizens.  Our country has had a great past.  You can help make the future even better.

I charge you, Aaron, to undertake your citizenship with a solemn dedication.  Be a leader, but lead only toward the best.  Lift up every task you do and every office you hold to a high level of service to God and to your fellow man.  So live and serve, that those who know you will be inspired to finer living.

I charge you, to be among those who dedicate their skills and abilities to the common good.  Build America on the solid foundation of clean living, honest work, unselfish citizenship, and reverence for God; and whatever others may do, you will leave behind a record of which every other Scout may be justly proud.

Aaron, I challenge you to enter this Eagle brotherhood, holding ever before you, without reservation, the ideals of honor and service.  By the repetition of the Eagle Scout Promise before your fellow members, you will become an Eagle Scout.  Though the words you use are similar to those by which you joined Scouting, they will mean more now than they could have meant at any time in the past.  When you pledge yourself on your sacred honor, you will be sealing your eternal loyalty to the code of the Eagle Scout with the words which closed the Declaration of Independence.

Matt: Scouts, scouters, parents and guests please stand.

[Matt moves to stand facing the candidate]

Matt: All Eagle Scouts, make the scout sign and repeat after me.

I reaffirm my allegiance,

to the three promises of the Scout Oath

I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself

the obligations and responsibilities

of the rank of Eagle Scout.

On my honor I will do my best

to make my training an example

my rank and my influence to count strongly

for better scouting and better citizenship 

in my troop and in my community

and in my contacts with other people.

To this I pledge my sacred honor. 


Robin: Ladies and gentlemen, by the authority vested in me by the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America it is my privilege to present to you  Eagle Scout Aaron T. Solle.


MC:Will the honor guard please escort the new Eagle Scout..

[Honor guard moves Aaron and all other Eagles to the rear of the room. ]

MC: Harlan Lerum will now give the benediction.

Harlan: [Benediction]

MC:I now declare this National Court of Honor closed.  I ask the members of the Court and Eagle Scouts present to be the first to congratulate Aaron Solle.  A reception with refreshments has been prepared for everyone in Mary Dawson Hall.

© Cheryl Siedelmann 2012