Colonel Edward P. Gargas Class of Eagle Scouts
February 07, 2018
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Last year, 25 young men from Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Perry, Northern Scott, and Northern Stoddard Counties earned this prestigious rank. These Scouts, along with 50 other Eagle Scouts from southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, will be honored as the Colonel Edward P. Gargas Class of Eagle Scouts on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Southeast Missouri State University.
The event begins at 2 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. There is no cost and all Scouting alumni are encouraged to attend.
Gargas, the Eagle class sponsor, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he received four Army commendation medals and many other awards for his performance and service. He is a commissioned officer in the Missouri National Guard where he currently holds the rank of colonel. An Eagle Scout, Gargas is the director of operations and sales with Bagby Wealth Management and serves as Vice President for the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.
More than 700 Boy Scouts earned the rank of Eagle in the Greater St. Louis Area Council in 2017. Boy Scouts must earn 21 merit badges, serve in several troop leadership positions and display leadership by conducting a community service project. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men.