Since the first Boy Scout received an Eagle Badge in 1911, more than two million have followed suit, now including six members from local Troop 222.
Family, friends and fellow scouts gathered at an eagle court of honor at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church to celebrate this accomplishment for Alex Chen, Josh Dunne, Chris Hui, Nick Peterson, Chris Jordan, and Justin Wagner.
“It’s a very exciting feeling and I’m just happy to finally be recognized as an Eagle Scout with the rest of my patrol,” said Peterson.
“For any group of guys to get all the way to senior and get to the Eagle, when only about 5% of scouts make it this far, and for an entire patrol, it’s almost unheard of,” said Ray Beste, the troop’s Committee Chair.
To achieve this rank, scouts must obtain 21 merit badges and demonstrate scout spirit, culminating with a service project in the community that they plan and carry out to the end.
This group spent more than 1,200 hours total on their projects, which include a new flowerbed for Saint Elizabeth Seton Church, refurbished rod fencing surrounding Naper Settlement, and the conservation of the Heritage Knolls pond.
“When we work on the Eagle Scout projects, we’re not just helping ourselves to get the award but we’re helping other people out in the community as a whole,” said Jordan.
Whether Eagles or other rankings, the aim of scouting is to build character and foster values based on the scout oath and law, like “doing my best,” “doing my duty to God and my country,” and “helping other people at all times.”
“Scouting has really changed my life,” said Chen. “I was a pretty shy kid originally and it’s helped me develop as a person and grow up.”
Troop 222 is in its 25th year and has lead almost 120 boys achieve the rank of Eagle, or about 12% of their members, more than double the national average.
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