Three local Boy Scouts from Troop 2810 were recently awarded the Eagle Rank, the highest award achievable in Boy Scouts. Alex Handel, Brandon Nelson and Kevin Loitz are the first Eagle Scouts in Troop 2810, which was formed in 2010.
An Eagle Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, remain active in his troop, live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and complete a service project. All requirements must be completed before his 18th birthday. Only about 2 percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. This prestigious award is recognized by colleges, the workforce and all branches of the armed forces.
Alex and Brandon are both juniors at Sycamore High School, and Kevin Loitz is a sophomore at SHS. All three boys joined scouting at a Tiger rank in first grade and have progressed through the program as friends.