Bruce Solomon Jr., the son of Gail and Bruce Solomon Sr. of Jim Thorpe, was honored for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

The occasion was recognized with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor which was held at the Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe.

The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting and at least one of them will tell you that he values his Eagle Scout badge above his college degree.

They must complete an Eagle Scout Service Project which requires a minimum of 100 man hours and include planning, fund raising, obtaining the material, and organizing and supervising others.

With 2012 marking the 100 year anniversary of Boy Scout Eagles, Bruce's Eagle Scout Service Project was painting all 94 of thefire hydrants in JimThorpe.

He painted the hydrants with color coded bonnets of either green, orange, or blue which denotes the water pressure of each hydrant.

Also, in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and hold positionsof leadership and or responsibility.

Bruce has completed 29 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Now 16 years old, Bruce has been in Boy Scouting since he was six years old.

He has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 441 of Jim Thorpe for the past six years with John Herbert as his Scoutmaster.

Prior to that, he was a member of Cub Scout Pack 138 of Jim Thorpe for five years with Gail Solomon (his mother) as Den Leader.

He had completed 19 badges in the Arrow of Light advancement award as of May 2007.

For 2 1/2 years Bruce has also been a Junior Firefighter with the Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe.

He has begun training for forest firefighting having completed the Basic Wildland Firefighter course with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

Bruce is a high school junior at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) where he is in the Welding program with Doug Del Conte, Welding instructor.

He participates in the Jim Thorpe High School after school Weightlifting program with John McGowan, Strength Coach.

For the past 11 years Bruce has been a Goshin-Ryu Jujitsu Martial Arts student at USA Martial Arts Tamaqua with Grand Master Jon Bonner, Director.

He achieved the rank of Shodan Black Belt in July 2009 at age of 13.

Bruce has been employed as a Cashier/Clerk at the Jim Thorpe Market for the past two months and has been a Carrier for The TIMES NEWS in Jim Thorpe for five years.

At the conclusion of the moving program, Eagle Scout Bruce Solomon Jr., fellow Scouts and Scoutleaders, family and friends all joined together for a bountiful luncheon and friendly get-togethers.