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Local student earns Eagle Scout rank

Jack Samuel Robertson – with Troop 997 O’Fallon, Boone Trails District, of the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council – has earned scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is a years-long, extensive process. It is an accomplishment only granted to a very small percentage of Boy Scouts.

The Scout must complete/earn active participation, Scout spirit, merit badges, a position of responsibility, a service project, a unit leader conference, the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, a statement of ambitions and life purpose. He also must fill out the Eagle Scout Rank Application, complete with signatures and references. The materials are reviewed and sent up the ranks to the National Advancement Team, which ultimately confers the award.

For Robertson’s service project, he conducted – during the month of June – a travel-size personal care item collection campaign for the Wright City-based not-for-profit organization Patriot Packages, which distributes ditty bags with personal care items to deployed military service members. Robertson had 10 scout-monitored collection sites throughout St. Charles County, which collected over 5,000 personal care items. Patiot Packages was Robertson’s charity of choice because he has a number of family and friends who serve, or have served, in the military.

Robertson’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor is Saturday, Dec. 9 at Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Lake Saint Louis.

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