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Eagle Scout project updates church monument

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Life Scout with Boy Scouts of America Troop 2810 Jordan Peterson, 17, stands next to the finished renovations for the stone cross monument at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore. The renovations completed this summer were part of a project for Peterson to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. More than 25 volunteers helped renovate the monument under his leadership.

SYCAMORE – When Jordan Peterson thought about what he would do to become an Eagle Scout, he thought about giving back to his church.

The 17-year-old Sycamore High School senior has been part of Boy Scouts of America Troop 2810 since childhood and is currently a Life Scout, the second highest rank in the organization. Many Boy Scouts make it to that rank but very few become an Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest rank, Peterson said. 

With his project to renovate the stone cross monument at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore, Peterson may become Eagle Scout. He has an upcoming final interview for the rank. 

Peterson, who was raised Catholic, noticed the monument was not in good shape. The monument is in the cemetery, which is affiliated with the Church of St. Mary in Sycamore. Large ferns blocked the view of the cross, the ground was uneven and it didn’t look attractive. 

So, Peterson gathered more than 25 people to help. Many of them were friends, family and fellow Boy Scouts. He said it took about four weekends to finish. 

First, the volunteers poured cement for the foundation and laid down mulch so they could set up a garden in the area. Then they created a brick border around the monument and installed a bench supplied by Sycamore-based Doty & Sons Concrete Products Inc.

Blumen Gardens and Stran’s Garden Center gave him discounts on tools and supplies for the project, Peterson said. Peterson also thanked the volunteers who helped renovate the monument.

Peterson figures the project is one of his greatest accomplishments so far. Eagle Scout projects are intended to put the Scout in a leadership position. 

“It was chance for me to be a leader and create something I could give back to the community,” Peterson said. “It’s an experience I would go through again.” 

Deb Loitz, publicist for Troop 2810, said she was proud of Peterson for carrying out this project. She said only 2 percent of all boys who join the Boy Scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout. 

“It’s pretty exciting for us to see him get to the point of Eagle Scout,” she said. 

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