By Joseph Case ‘19
On this Saturday, Jan. 26, both Luke Mulcrone and I, Joseph Case, will receive the highest honor in Boy Scouting. All are invited to celebrate in ceremony at Morgan Park American Baptist Church at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at 2 p.m.
My friend, senior Josh Moyar, asked me, “What does it mean to be an Eagle Scout?” and I realized that the actual conditions required to become an Eagle Scout are not as common knowledge as I thought. The purpose of this article is to clear up any doubt about what it means to be an Eagle Scout and to share my own personal experiences in Scouting.
The journey to Eagle Scout has been long, and the memories made along the way have been timeless. I first met Luke Mulcrone, my fellow Crusader and Eagle Scout, in first grade when both he and I became Tiger Scouts in Cub Scout Pack 3609. Since then, he and I have made our way through the ranks of both Cub and Boy Scouts and were open to many activities we would not otherwise be exposed to. Fifty mile bike rides, mile lake swims, and 27 mile hikes are among the activities that Luke and I have done together through our Boy Scout Troop, 609.
The main requirements to become an Eagle Scout are for the candidate to advance through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life while also meeting time requirement in between the ranks. The candidate must also acquire 21 merit badges including 13 specific Eagle required merit badges, as well as “plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or the candidate’s community.” Once completing these tasks, the candidate must successfully pass an Eagle Scout board of review.
I have been through all of the requirements listed above and can honestly say that achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is truly the pinnacle of Boy Scouting. I cannot wait to reminisce about my scouting experiences this Saturday along side Luke, my family, friends, and fellow scouts.
Luke and I are not the only Eagle Scouts at Brother Rice High School. In fact, the most recent new Eagle Scout is Tim Novick, who passed his board of review this past week. Congratulations, Tim!