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Amari Farrell: An Eagle Scout -- at 14

Posted on: February 11, 2016

Becoming an Eagle Scout is a rare and revered credential. Freshman Amari Farrell recently achieved the rank -- three years earlier than the average Eagle Scout. Finneytown Proud!

When Amari Farrell was eight years old, he told his mother Angelia Farrell that he wanted to be a Boy Scout. At 10, he told her he wanted to be an Eagle Scout. This January, at age 14, he became it.

That the Finneytown Secondary School freshman achieved it three years earlier than the average Eagle Scout is evidence of Amari’s persistence and the focus his mother taught him. “Every year he’d tell me he wanted to be a Boy Scout, but I wouldn’t agree to it because I didn’t have the time,” Angelia Farrell says. “Finally I said we’re only going to do this all the way, or we’re not going to do it at all.”

The number of merit badges required for Eagle Scout is 21. Amari earned 35. Summers, he would regularly come home from Camp Friedlander with the highest number of badges. He’s – already -- also the first scout in his unit to earn Palms, high honors that can only be earned after a young man becomes an Eagle Scout.

Amari estimates that he poured 15 hours into earning each badge. The one he values the most was one of the toughest – the drafting badge that led him to want to become a mechanical engineer.


 A special point of pride for Amari is being the 24th Eagle Scout – and youngest -- to come out of Troop 772, the largest African American troop in Cincinnati, centered at the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church. The greater significance of what he’s accomplishing is never far from his mind. “To earn Eagle Scout at this age, it feels like I’m following Martin Luther King’s footsteps,” he says. “He was 15 when he graduated from high school and 19 when he graduated from college.”

Amari says scouting has taught him many things – how to take responsibility for himself, fix things that baffle other people, hang in there when things get hard and find ways to serve family, troop and community. For his Eagle Scout project, Amari collected $1,500 worth of toys, books and games for the endocrinology department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Amari’s father is Army Sgt. First Class Athene T. Farrell, stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala.