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Boy Scout Troop 71 Celebrates 14 New Eagle Scouts

A special reception was held for the new Eagle Scouts at First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville Jan. 6.

In a given year, Libertyville Boy Scout Troop 71 sees from three to five of its members become Eagle Scouts.

For 2012, however, which marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the rank, a record 14 boys achieved Eagle Scout status.

"We're just extremely proud," said John Broughton, committee chair for Troop 71.

Scouting was founded in England in 1908 and migrated to the United States in 1910. The highest rank at the time was Silver Wolf, but the decision was made to name the highest rank after an American symbol, and thus the Eagle Scout rank was born, said David Nield, Life to Eagle Coordinator. Nield said by 1982, there were 1 million Eagle Scouts, and there are now over 2.1 million.

Troop 71 has seen 137 of its scouts achieve Eagle status since the troop was chartered at First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville 85 years ago, said Broughton. Before 2012, the record for Troop 71 was nine boys earning Eagle Scout status in 1973.

"This is truly an accomplishment we have here," said Broughton.

The new Eagle Scouts were honored at a special reception Jan. 6 at First Presbyterian.

"Every scout who attains the rank of Eagle is a joyous occasion, an occasion for celebration," said Charles Hutchins, scoutmaster.

Congratulations to all of these new Eagle Scouts!

Eagle Recipient Eagle Project Benefactor Date Joe Nield North Side Latin Progress Homeless Shelter Feb. 18 Cameron Garchow Equestrian Connection of Lake County Feb. 25 Evan Policht United Methodist Church of Libertyville April 14 Joe Brundza Lake County Forest Preserves July 14 Rankin Draa The Sports Shed Equipment for the Needy July 14 Carl Remler Libertyville Township Open Space water runoff preservation Aug. 11 Austin Skoog PCs and training for Rainbows for All God's Children Aug. 11 Chris Cowdery Prayer labyrinth renovation for First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville Sept. 23 Christian Hobson Courtyard and Teen Center renovation for First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville Dec. 8 Eli Roller School supplies and e-tablets for Project Oasis in Kenya Dec. 8 Spencer Stevens Bernie's Book Drive Dec. 8 Brett Towle Fence restoration/painting for Cook Park, Libertyville Parks and Recreation Department Dec. 8 John Wacnik Cubbies and coat racks for Boys and Girls Club of Waukegan Dec. 8 David Stone Deposit box and child stools for Feed My Starving Children Dec. 15

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