Boy Scout Troop 318 holds Court of Honor
June 7, 2012 2:00PM
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:02AM
Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 318 recently held its Court of Honor, which recognizes scouts for achievement in rank advancement as well as other awards.
Among the honorees were Troop 318 members Kevin Kenes and Jeremy Gunther, both of whom hold Eagle Scout rank. Scouts at this level must earn 21 merit badges, live the Boy Scout Oath and Law and demonstrate leadership, service and outdoor skills as they achieve each of the seven advancement ranks.
Eagles Scouts also must plan, organize, lead and manage an Eagle Scout Service Project, all before their 18th birthday.
Kenes’ Eagle Scout project was to create a prayer garden at his church. The project involved laying down pavers and landscaping.
Kenes said he chose the project in honor of his grandfather, Michael Kenes, who was a deacon at Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen before his death 18 months ago.
Gunther’s Eagle Scout project was to construct a new trail at the Little Red School House. The trail created a pass through to the other trails as well as a handicap accessibility to all of the trail.
Gunther has a brother who is disabled, so he said he understands the need to have trails that are more disability-friendly. His Eagle Scout project also included a new fire pit, which the nature center uses for its Naturalist Education Program for youth groups.
Other scouts honored during the ceremony include James Jaeger, who received the Gold and Silver Eagle Palm, which is awarded to scouts who have already achieved Eagle Scout status but who are continuing in the scouting program through leadership and the completion of more merit badges.
Jaeger said his goal is to complete all available merit badges before his 18th birthday.