Beaty to receive Honor Medal for fellow sailor's rescue
By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Utilizing the skills he learned as a Boy Scout, Ian Beaty will be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with the Honor Medal at Pilmoor Memorial United Methodist Church in Currituck on Sunday.
Beaty, 15, a student at the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, was participating in an afterschool sailing program on Sept. 15, 2017, when he rescued a fellow participant after her boat capsized on the Pasquotank River.
According to a press release from the Tidewater Council Boy Scouts of America, “Beaty demonstrated the skills and courage that exemplify what a Scout is.”
“I can’t be more proud of my son,” said Russ Beaty, Ian’s father. “That takes a level of fortitude. He believed in his training.”
Russ was referring to the swimming, sailing and lifesaving skills Ian has learned as a Boy Scout.
“I have been sailing for six years,” said Ian, whose first experience sailing was with the Corinthian Yacht Club in Cape May, New Jersey.
“I am not expending any fossil fuels,” Ian added, describing his fondness for sailing. “It’s fun. It’s relaxing.”
Ian Beaty joined the Boy Scouts when he was in the first grade, and is currently a Life Scout. He is a graduate of National Youth Leadership Training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. He also elected by his fellow Scouts as the Albemarle Chapter chief for the Order of the Arrow. He’s also an Honor Arrowman for the Blue Heron Lodge 349. Completing at least 100 nights of camping, Beaty has also earned the National Outdoor Award.
“I thoroughly enjoy camping and bonfires,” Beaty said.
Born in Mount Clemens, Mich., Beaty moved with his parents, Russ and Danielle, and sister, Willow, to Currituck in 2013.
Besides swimming and sailing, Beaty likes video games and model rocketry.
“I don’t watch a lot of TV,” said Beaty. “I do love music. I play the trumpet.”
He said he also loves history, especially military history.
Beaty said four generations of his family, including his father, have served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He, too, has thought about entering the U.S. Coast Guard when he is older. Beaty admires the U.S. Coast Guard for what he says is its mission “saving lives and protecting people.”
Beaty is looking forward to attending a six-week camp at the Pipsico Scout Reservation as a counselor-in-training. His goal this summer is to earn his lifeguard certification.
While Beaty recognizes the importance of his actions in rescuing his fellow sailor at last summer’s sailing camp, his father says Ian remains humble in receiving the Honor Medal.
“His humility in receiving this award is amazing and inspiring,” Russ said.