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POSTHUMOUS EAGLE AWARD GOES TO PARENTS OF SCOUT KILLED IN 1990

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Pelican Lake Campground was the setting for a recent Boy Scout Court of Honor to posthumously honor John Curtis Nebeker, 15. John had completed all the requirements for the Eagle Award except for his Eagle Service Project when he was killed in a fatal car accident 14 months ago while returning home from an LDS Youth Conference.

When fellow Scouts of Troop 669, of Roosevelt, learned that if they completed John's Eagle Service Project, his parents Jim and Loya Nebeker could posthumously receive the coveted Eagle Scout award in behalf of their son, the Scouts immediately went to work.They constructed and installed a covered picnic table at the Bureau of Land Management campground at Pelican Lake, 15 miles southeast of Roosevelt. The troop also attached a bronze plaque to the completed project, indicating that it was constructed in memory of John.

According to Vernal District BLM spokesman Ray Tate, at about the same time the Scouts were accomplishing this special project, the Washington, D.C., office of the BLM was in the process of working out final details with the national headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America to produce a Special Certificate of Recognition acknowledging Scouts who accomplished their Eagle Service Projects on BLM administered land.

"The new certificate features the Eagle Scout symbol and is signed by the director of the agency," explained Tate.

Upon learning about Troop 669's efforts in behalf of John, the Washington, D.C., staff felt it reflected "the true spirit of Scouting" and recommended the very first of these new awards be issued to John's parents, he said.

The award was presented to the Nebekers by Vernal District BLM Manager Dave Little. He also presented a letter of commendation to Scoutmaster Dale Rasmussen and the Scouts of Troop 669, recognizing them for their special accomplishment. The latter was signed by the BLM's highest official, Cy Jamison.