Dylan Joralmon is the latest in a family of winners. Last week, the 14-year-old Scottsdale boy became a third-generation Eagle Scout honoree with his troop-leader father at his side.
Joralmon followed in the footsteps of his late grandfather, DeForest, and his father, DeForest Jr. ("Deke"), as Eagle Scouts. The recent graduate of Mountainside Middle School, who will attend Desert Mountain High School this fall, entered the Eagle Scout Court of Honor at a ceremony attended by Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.
Joralmon is the first Scout from Troop 911 in Scottsdale — formed in 2000 by paramedic/firefighter Bob Badgett — to attain Eagle Scout status. He knew the honor was special but didn’t find out until recently that his grandfather, a World War II and Korean War veteran who later died in an accident, started what has become a tradition in the family.
"I thought my dad was the only one," Joralmon said. "Knowing that it started with my grandfather shows that Scouting and being an Eagle Scout means a lot to our family. I’m planning on making it a fourth generation if I get married and have a son."
For his Eagle Scout project, Joralmon chose painting over graffiti arrows on large rocks he saw during a hike. When he realized someone had taken care of the graffiti, he worked on troop leaders’ suggestion of cleaning up the Meridian Trail trailhead in Mesa. It took only a day with the help of some Boy Scout volunteers, but Joralmon accomplished quite a bit.
"Part of it was picking up glass, but we also found a car that was in the wash for about 30 years and got it out," he said. Members of the National Forest Service took the car from the top of the wash. Joralmon also helped get rid of an invasive species of black fountain grass.
"I enjoyed doing it," Joralmon said. "I really like Scouting. I’ve been in it for eight years and I definitely plan to continue. I like to hike and camp. Doing things like this with a group of other guys is a lot of fun. You get to know each other and a lot about the outdoors."
Deke Joralmon is proud of his son’s accomplishment. He agrees that Scouting has had a great impact on the Joralmon family.
"It teaches good values," he said. "For me, becoming a Scout leader and watching my son go through it was kind of payback for all that my dad gave me. All of our kids amaze me and the other Scoutmaster. I’m sure we’ll have other Eagle Scouts following Dylan. It’s nice he was the first."