Nine local Troop 67 Boy Scouts of the Great Rivers Council, joined only seven percent of scouts nationwide in earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout in the organization.

Nine local Troop 67 Boy Scouts of the  Great Rivers Council, joined only seven percent of scouts nationwide in earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout in the organization.
The ceremony to recognize this great honor was held at the Open Bible Praise Center on Sunday. Garrett Bell, Brian Brown, Cameron Gerke, Wyatt Heckman, Ethan Hein, Luke Johnson, Noah Lammers, Noah Rogers and Aubrey Williamson were pinned the distinction by their parents at an hour-long ceremony.
Rogers thanked all the individuals who had helped him and his fellow scouts get where they are today. He spoke on behalf of the recipients.
To progress to the rank of Eagle Scout, which is held by many elected and military officials, is a distinctive privilege achieved only by 57,000 scouts, according to Boy Scouts.
“From 1912 to 2013, 2.3 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank. In 2013, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17 years of age,” according to the Boy Scouts.
Several criteria have to be met to be able to achieve this highest rank.
“The scout must be active in their troop, team, crew or ship for a period of at least six months after they have achieved the rank of Life Scout. They must demonstrate that they live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily life. They must list on their Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know them personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on their behalf, including parents/ guardians, religious, educational, and employer references. They must earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than they already have),” according to scouting.org.
The scouts must have patches in first aid, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world,  communication, cooking, personal fitness, emergency preparedness or lifesaving, environmental science or sustainability, personal management, swimming or hiking, cycling, camping and family life.
There are several other criteria that must also  be met in order to achieve the rank of Eagle.
“The scout must develop a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, the scout’s unit leader and unit committee and the council or district before they start,” according to scouting.org. “The scout must successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.”
Following the ceremony, refreshments were enjoyed by family and friends.