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Steve Voss

As his mother, Debbie Voss, looked on, Steve Voss was awarded the rank of Eagle by Troop 633 Scoutmaster Kent Johnson during a ceremony held at the Rancho Murieta Association Building Sunday.

Steve Voss became Rancho Murieta’s newest Eagle Scout this week at a ceremony attended by friends, family and fellow Eagle Scouts Sunday at the Rancho Murieta Association. Since scouting began, only 2 percent have earned its highest rank, but Troop 633 has beaten the odds by producing 22 Eagle Scouts since 1994. 

Steve’s first scoutmaster, David Scharlach, knew Steve would be one of them. “When you see the new scouts joining the troop you get a gut feeling right then who will make Eagle and who will not.  I knew when I observed Steve that he would be one to make it,” Scharlach told the group. Steve began a 13-year career as a Boy Scout as a Tiger Cub and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout last December before turning 18.

“If you think about it, Boy Scouts serves as really one of the first long term commitments a boy and young man makes in life,” according to David Voss, Steve’s father. “There are so many challenges, commitments, compromises and rewards over 10 years or more ....  For boys to have the drive and focus to accomplish so many new experiences and even conquer obstacles and fears, it reinforces that they can overcome and succeed beyond their expectations.  Not many adults have experienced 10-13 years of working towards a single goal.”

Minh Nguyen, Steve's track coach at Christian Brothers High School, spoke at the ceremony about Steve’s determination as a hurdler. He concluded that life throws a lot of hurdles in your way, and Steve is someone who will always pick himself up and finish the race.

Saying he’s known Steve for 15 years, Neighbor Michael Corbett noted he is an excellent example of the youth in Rancho Murieta.

Among the requirements for becoming an Eagle, aspiring scouts must earn 21 or more merit badges and carry out a project. Steve’s project was a timely one – he researched and conducted a water conservation fair for the community last fall. He recruited representatives of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the Community Services District and others to provide information, and presented a multimedia program.

Steve graduated from Christian Brothers this year and will be attending California State University at Chico where he plans to major in Business Administration and participate in track and field.

Past Eagles

Present and former Troop 633 Eagles attending the Eagle Court of Honor were, from left, Billy Norton, Zac Bowers, Matt Kurtz, Steve Voss, Robert Meyer and Kyle East.

Voss family

Erik, Debbie, Steve and David Voss celebrated Steve’s achievement together. David Voss, the first member of the family to become an Eagle Scout, considers it “one of my highest achievements.” Speaking at his son’s ceremony, Voss “had to pause a few times to gather myself because I am so very proud of the accomplishment.”


Rebecca Monti's picture
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Steven Voss

Congratulations Steven!!   What an amazing accomplishment.

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Congratulations Steve

  Steve so often we adults fail to take note of our youth's great accomplishments.  I'm sure the commitment that you have shown in making Eagle Scout will continue in all of your future endeavors.  You can be very proud of yourself!   Congratulations.

Doug Lewis

 

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Congratulations!

Steve,

Congratulations on an achievement that is only attained by a select few.  It's a great accomplishment that you should be very proud of!

Signed by Lance....Your neighbor with kids you've babysat and a yard you've helped with...WOW, you're a busy guy!

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