New Eagle Scouts honored
The newest Eagle Scouts in the Des Plaines Valley Council.
Updated: February 12, 2013 1:04PM
The newest Eagle Scouts in the Boy Scouts Des Plaines Valley Council were honored at a banquet and ceremonies Feb. 10, at the Mirage Restaurant in Shiller Park.
They were joined by family, friends, and supporters.
This was the 100th Anniversary Year for the Boy Scouts Eagle rank, the highest rank achievable by a boy in Scouting. The council set a new record for the 2012 Anniversary Year, with 155 Scouts attaining this highest rank.
The Des Plaines Valley Council serves 42 communities in Chicago’s western and southwestern suburbs and the new Eagles represent many of these communities.
“This was a great celebration for our council,” said President James Honan of La Grange. “Attaining this new record speaks to the significance of the Eagle rank anniversary year for our Scouts and Scouters, our Scouts’ motivation and hard work, and the dedication of our volunteers and professional staff. ”
Honan said attaining the rank is an accomplishment for the Scout, his family and the organization that helped him meet the milestone.
“Experience has shown that Eagle Scouts and their communities will see real benefits from this, now and into the future,” he said. “Historically, these young men have proven to be assets to their communities and our nation.”
Attaining the rank of Eagle requires Scouts to meet exacting requirements, demonstrating Scouting skills, showing leadership, and performing community service. The community service requirement calls for Scouts to develop, propose, execute and report on a project that meets a need and performs a service in their communities. These may involve a broad range of projects, such as constructing helpful facilities for area organizations, educating youth, performing training, supporting cultural events, or assisting the elderly and disabled.