Eagle Scouts Times Four
Incredibly, just this month, four Blessed Trinity young men became Eagle Scouts. All are members of St. Peter Chanel Troop 1134.
According to the Boy Scout website: "Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men.
"Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements." (Eagle Rank Requirements)
Rejuvenated various sections of the walking trails at the Ignatius House Retreat Center.
"I chose to do my eagle project at Ignatius House because it is a place of relaxation for me. Not only was there a large selection of projects that I could have done at Ignatius House but I also felt a need to give back. I ended up deciding to renew a trail that had become worn and unsafe. I love hiking the trails and wanted to make it more accessible for everyone.
Demolished an old, unsafe bridge on the BT cross country trail and constructed a new, more sable bridge for runners.
"Being an Eagle Scout shows all of the hard work and effort that I put into something has finally paid off. I feel that I now am prepared for almost anything that life can throw at me. I have learned both the immense work that goes into the completion of a large project, and the improvisation that is sometimes needed to finish such a project. You always have to be ready for something that might go wrong."
Designed and constructed a Rosary Garden behind St. Peter Chanel Rectory. The plants are organized by colors of the mysteries of the rosary and ten stepping stones were placed to say a decade while walking around the Blessed Mother statue.
"My Scouting experience has been a large part of my life. It has taken time and effort, but is ultimately worth it in the long run. I started as a Cub Scout in 1st grade and became a Boy Scout in 5th grade. I can honestly say that the past 12 years of scouting have greatly impacted the way I interact and lead others in my peer group as well as outside of it. It also has submersed me into situations that, had I not been forced into them, may have not become known to me until further down the road. It has been a journey that I will remember my whole life, but my journey doesn’t end here. It is just beginning, and I cannot wait to see what not only myself will achieve, but also what my three friends also will achieve in the years to come."
Constructed a fence and gate to increase privacy of the priest residence and constructed level platforms for chairs on the hiking trail at the Ignatius House Retreat Center.
"My project at the Ignatius House Retreat Center enabled me to help these retreatants in a unique way. To me, my project was my way of living out my duty to bring others to Christ."