Three young men from Boy Scout Troop 1226, sponsored by St. Thomas’, have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Nicholas Flato (09/07/2014), Logan Jones (01/13/2015) and Hunter McKenzie (01/13/2015). All three are seniors at St. Thomas’ School, and Hunter serves as an acolyte at St. Thomas’ Church.
The Eagle award is the highest honor conferred by the Boy Scouts of America. It represents the culmination of years of scouting work, from a boy’s earliest experiences as a 10 or 11-year-old Tenderfoot through the various ranks of Second Class, First Class, Star and Life. Achieving these ranks involves learning first aid and basic camping and survival skills, and serving in several leadership capacities, as well as earning merit badges in a variety of subjects. Eagles must earn at least 21 merit badges, including 13 in specific categories. An Eagle project – a major community service project – is required as well.
- Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.
- In 2013, 56,841 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.
- From 1912 to 2013, 2.3 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.
- Around 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2013.
- In 2013, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17 years of age.