Boy Scout Troop 22
Scouting. Prepared. For Life.
Boy Scout Troop 22
The Exchange Club of Quincy met at the Quincy
Mall on June 7, 2013 for the dedication of the
newest Freedom Shrine which was constructed
in conjunction with an Eagle Scout project of
Stephen Coy of Boy Scout Troop 22 of Quincy.
Michael Jenkins of the Quincy Mall
complemented Stephen for his Eagle Scout
Project and thanked the Exchange Club for
providing the Freedom Shrine. Dave Gilbert,
Eagle Ridge District Executive for the Boy Scouts
informed the club that there are just over 8,500 young people eligible to be scouts in the 12
county area of the Mississippi Valley Council of the BSA and some 15% of them are in a
scouting program – nearly double the national average.
The Boy Scouts mission is “to prepare young people to make moral and ethical choices in
life.” For a Scout to become an Eagle Scout they must go through 7 different ranks. They must
also earn 21 Merit Badges, hold a position of leadership, do community service and must
have an Eagle Scout project that leaves a lasting effect on a community. That is exactly what
this Freedom Shrine has done thanks to Eagle Scout Stephen Coy. According to Mr. Gilbert,
the first Eagle Scout award was presented in 1912 and only 2 million people have earned the
right to be called an Eagle Scout.
Our honoree Stephen Coy then took the
opportunity to thank the Exchange Club, his
family and his fellow scouts for their assistance
with the project. Stephen is a senior at Quincy
Notre Dame High school and has been in
scouting since the first grade.
Developed by the National Exchange Club,
the Freedom Shrine originated from the
Freedom Train that toured the nation in 1947
carrying an exhibit of historic documents. The purpose of the Freedom Shrine is twofold. It
puts before young Americans proof that the freedom and greatness we enjoy today were not
purchased easily and reminds them that these gifts
must be cherished and protected. Painstakingly researched to guarantee absolute
authenticity, the 28 historical American documents that comprise the Shrine were carefully
chosen to exemplify the beginnings of our nation and those subsequent turning points of
importance which shaped our national character and eminence. The documents of the Shrine,
although culled from the past, represent foundation stones which permit the present, as we
know it, to exist and the future, as we dream it, to be attainable.
Thousands of Shrines have been dedicated throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in
universities, libraries, schools, state capitals, city halls and at American outposts scattered
throughout the world.
The Shrine is a display of historical documents photographically reproduced from the
originals and permanently laminated to individual non-warping plaques. It is used by teachers,
students, study groups and other clubs to further study American history. Exchange prints a
study tool called the Freedom Shrine Documents Textbook which contains the texts of the
documents of the Shrine. It can be used to inspire essay and speech contests, and to prepare
for the Milestones of Freedom quiz. For more information on Freedom Shrines, request a
free kit from your National Headquarters.