BRAINERD — Benjamin Guida, Eddie Montiel and Mason Noor of Scout Troop 43 received the Eagle Scout award during a special ceremony Saturday, April 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church, the troop’s sponsor.

They are all seniors at Brainerd High School.

After the flag-opening ceremony by Anthony Piehl, brother of Montiel, Loren Meinke, representative of the chartered organization, convened the Eagle Court of Honor.

Scoutmaster DJ Collins gave a brief summary of the Eagle Scout’s accomplishments and shared some personal comments from them.

Guida said he started scouting in first grade and never looked back.

“Since then, I have remained faithful to Scouting and have had many incredible opportunities, such as summiting the tooth of time at Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico and meeting incredible people through the Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage to Northern Tier Camp in Ely, Minnesota,” Guida said in a press release.

Montiel is a relatively new member, joining Troop 43 when his family moved to Brainerd from California just four years ago. He said that since joining he has enjoyed the many opportunities for advancement and leadership.

“I’ve been to Sea Base in Key West Florida and love fishing and going to new places,” he said. He was also an Officer of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s Honor Society.

Like Guida, Noor began his scouting adventure in first grade.

“It gave me the opportunity to do things like hike the Santo de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico or sail and swim the oceans off Key West. It also taught me a lot of valuable lessons about things like leadership, which is an important skill to have,” Noor said.

Meinke’s Committee and Troop 43 Chairman, Darin Young, then candle-lit the Trail of the Eagle using both Scout Law and the Scout Oath. This was followed by Eagle Scouts Logan Peterson and Zach Vogt administering the Eagle Charge and Eagle Oath and presenting the Eagle Award. Each mother of the new Eagle Scout pinned the Eagle ribbon on their son and their father presented them with a special Eagle scarf. Each new Eagle Scout presented their parents and grandparents with a special Eagle Scout miniature pin.

Young announced that the new Eagles were given a 10-year membership in the National Eagle Scout Association by Troop 43.

Steve Fisher, an English teacher at Brainerd High School and friend of the Guidas, gave an inspirational message to the young men, then presented each eagle with a special red, white and blue braided graduation lanyard.

Jerry Wolters, retired commanding officer of the Minnesota State Marine Corps League Department, commented on service delivery and leadership, then presented each Eagle Scout with a special citizenship certificate in the name of the Marine Corps League.

Anthony Piehl gave the blessing and the luncheon was sponsored by the families of new Eagle Scouts.

After graduating, Guida will attend the University of North Dakota for commercial aviation, Montiel has enlisted in the United States Navy and will attend boot camp at the end of June, and Noor will attend the University of Minnesota for Electrical Engineering.