As his Eagle Scout project Jacobsen planned and carried out a clean up and restoration of the Old Antioch Cemetery, which involved more than 300 man-hours of work.
“I mapped out the area we were going to work in, planned the work and organized the volunteers,” said Jacobsen, 18, a member of Boy Scout Troop 22, which is sponsored by Calhoun First United Methodist Church.
The project took place over two weekends, and youth volunteers from Meadowdale Baptist Church in Calhoun, Rome and members of Troop 22 and Troop 39 showed up at the cemetery to clear out underbrush, fill in gravesites and reset headstones.
In addition to the community service project, Jacobsen earned 30 merit badges and went on countless hikes and camp-outs with his troop. He has been in Scouting for the past seven years.
Jacobsen received his Eagle Scout award earlier this month at a Court of Honor held at Calhoun First United Methodist Church.
Scoutmaster Keith Blair said Jacobsen’s leadership skills became obvious when the troop (formerly Troop 153) moved from the National Guard Armory to the First United Methodist Church.
When the 108th Cavalry deployed to Afghanistan, the armory was no longer available, and the troop, now reconstituted as Troop 22, moved to First Methodist Church.
“Jarryn was the senior patrol leader when we changed from Troop 153 to Troop 22 and was very involved in that transition,” Blair said.
“I’m very proud of him,” said his father Tim Jacobsen. “Scouting brings out the best in kids.”
Jacobsen graduated from Sonoraville High School and is now attending Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He said he plans to stay involved in Scouting. He also plans to help other Scouts in Troop 22 who are working to become Eagle Scouts.
Blair said he is the fifth Eagle Scout the troop has produced in the past seven years, and five more are working to become Eagles.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Only about 2 percent of Boy Scouts attain that rank.