darien_jones.jpgMILLSBORO, Del. – A Delaware Boy Scout troop is celebrating its first black scout to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/130dfRm) reports that Boy Scout Troop 89 in Millsboro held a court of honor Saturday for Darien Jones.

He is the first African-American scout to make Eagle Scout in the troop's 83-year history.

Jones says it's an honor to be the first, and he's glad his work has paid off.

Jones is a senior at Sussex Technical High School. He has recently enlisted in the U.S. National Guards and plans to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta to major in philosophy.

Last year, eight boys reached the rank of Eagle Scout in the troop. Jones is the first of 2013.

“To be the first African-American to reach Eagle Scout in my troop is an honor,” Jones said. “I’m excited to see that my work has paid off and it leaves me with a feeling of great accomplishment.”

Along with extensive camping trips, knot tying, white water rafting, biking, boating, fire starting, first aid, outdoor safety and other skills he has developed and experienced throughout his journey, Jones believes the service aspect has helped mold him into the person he’s become.

*Pictured above is Darien Jones.