ROSCOE -- Two area schools will benefit from donated improvements thanks to two Boy Scouts from Troop 620.
Brett Jones project is construction of a Gaga Ball Pit and Volleyball Court at Willowbrook Middle School in South Beloit.
Christopher Goelter’s project will build a trophy case in the lobby of Whitman Post Elementary School in Rockton.
The projects are part of the requirements for Jones and Goelter to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts of America.
The two scouts will join six other scouts from the troop who became Eagle’s in 2013, including Kyle Huddleston, Noah Melton, Patrick Schelm, Jeremy Coots, Christopher Bax, and Ben Halom.
Troop 620 held its biannual Court of Honor on May 19, a troop activity where the scouts come together with their families to receive their badges and awards.
"We value determination and goals in our troop, and this reflects on our children’s own expectations of themselves," Rob Bottensek, Troop 620 Committee Chairman was quoted as saying in a news release.
"We are blessed with great parent involvement and long term leadership in our troop. Some of our parent leaders have been with us for ten to fifteen years and longer. All of this goes toward giving our boys the best advantage to be a successful scout."
According to Bottensek, preparation for the rank teaches the boys how to persevere, be disciplined, learn that hard work pays off and to be mentally tough.
"Earning twenty-one merit badges is not an easy accomplishment," Bottensek said. "These boys possess a commitment to get the job done that many adults don’t ever achieve. They are determined to finish what they start and in the end are awarded the most prestigious rank the Boy Scouts of America offers."
It’s not just knot-tying and camping skills the boys are required to possess either. The Boy Scouts of America continually assess the merit badge requirements for Eagle rank to include practical and modern skills such as citizenship, personal management and communications. More now than ever troop leaders look at scouting as a career-prep tool. When on a job search, a scout who can add the rank of Eagle to his list of achievements on a resume has an advantage over other applicants who do not.
"We have business leaders tell us all the time that if they had to choose between two job applicants, one is an Eagle Scout and one is not, the Eagle Scout wins every time," says Bottensek.