Alyx Jones reaches beyond the Eagle Scout Award

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By Special to the Monitor

Alyx Jones, a member of Scout Varsity Team 222, received his Eagle Bronze Palm at a Court of Honor held Oct. 17.  

This award required additional Merit Badges and service time beyond his Eagle Award. Scouting began for Jones in 2004 after having earned the “Arrow of Light” – the highest Cub Scouting award. Within a year he rose to the rank of First Class and soon received the “On My Honor” religious recognition.   

Jones progressed to the point that as a leader at a Scout camp, he conducted a proper ceremony to respectfully burn a U.S. flag that was worn beyond use.

 His Eagle Project entailed the construction of fencing in Bandelier National Monument near the Rio Grande to prevent incursion of stray cattle.

That necessitated carrying a good deal of material to and from the Monument headquarters to the river location. Having earned his Eagle Rank in August 2008, Jones joined other Eagle Scouts from northern New Mexico last January to attend an Eagle Scout banquet in Albuquerque.

There he met Robert Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the United States, was photographed with him and received a special belt buckle.  Last summer, he covered more mountain terrain in a 12-day hike at the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M.  

He is currently a sophomore at Los Alamos High School where he is on the football team. Jones, the third youth in his family to become an Eagle Scout, is the son of Dave and Dawn Jones.