Local Students Earn Eagle Scout Rank
Monday, April 1, 2019

Three seniors from Lincoln-Way 210 and Boy Scout Troop 755 have risen through the scouting ranks together and have recently received the honor of Eagle Scout. Alex Austin and Louden Moran from Lincoln-Way West and Brent Thomson from Lincoln-Way Central came up through cub scouts to boy scouts together and have supported each other in achieving their goal of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts.

Obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout is an extensive process, scouts must earn merit badges, demonstrate Scout Spirit, service and leadership, and culminates in a service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Both Louden and Brent chose to create a service project for SOS Children’s Village, a foster care program located in Lockport. Louden built 17 flower boxes, while Brent built and installed two picnic tables and two benches near the playground.

“I chose this organization because I loved how they have the foster parents living on site in a community with the foster kids all at one location. I also liked that SOS has a great record of success for the kids who are living at the facility,” said Brent.

“I wanted to give back to the community near me and help foster children become comfortable with a new environment. By building flower boxes it would give the community a livelier and friendlier appearance, as well as potentially providing a new hobby for the children,” said Louden.

Louden adds his project went well, but not quickly, spending hours sawing, nailing, and staining. “Without the help of my family, friends, and fellow Boy Scouts, I wouldn’t have been able to do all that work. The process was tedious, yet it built a lot of character and prepared me for real life.”

For his service project, Alex made six benches for Journey in Mokena, a counseling center helping women with pregnancy, unhealthy habits, job skills, and emotional and relationship care.

“I really wanted to help them by making the people in need comfortable. I made some benches that they can use to give them a peaceful setting outside, where they can relax and feel comfortable,” said Alex.

Journey also has an upscale resale boutique with donated items to raise money to fund their mission.

“Alex, Brent, and Louden are remarkable young men,” said Daniel Moran, Troop 755 Assistant Scoutmaster and fellow Eagle Scout. “They genuinely demonstrate the values of the Scouts, while also enjoying the outdoors and spending time with their friends.”