Nine members of Boy Scout Troop 42 in Lee’s Summit have attained the elite rank of Eagle Scout and will be recognized at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on July 3 at Oakwood Baptist Church, 7600 Lee’s Summit Road, Kansas City.

Nine members of Boy Scout Troop 42 in Lee’s Summit have attained the elite rank of Eagle Scout and will be recognized at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on July 3 at Oakwood Baptist Church, 7600 Lee’s Summit Road, Kansas City.

To become an Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must earn at least 21 merit badges (gaining knowledge and skills in areas from first aid to citizenship) and complete an extensive leadership service project. These rigorous requirements must be accomplished by age 18.  They have been met by less than 5 percent of Boy Scouts since the Eagle Scout rank was introduced in 1911.

The new Eagle Scouts along with their education and service projects are:

Brendon Bolden, a 2010 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, renovated 110 yards of hiking and horseback riding trails at Longview Lake for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Kevin Brandon, a senior at Rockhurst High School, planned and constructed a rock retaining wall at the Woods Chapel United Methodist Church.

Jefferson Cowing, a 2010 graduate of Blue Springs South High School, constructed a 100-yard walking trail at the Waterfall Park for the Independence Parks and Recreation.

Garrett Cudmore, a senior at Blue Springs South High School, removed and rebuilt a wooden trash enclosure for the residents of Hillcrest Transitional Housing, a program to help homeless families in Lee’s Summit.

Kyle Dyer, a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School, removed sod and resurfaced an outdoor class room with mulch at the Bernard C. Campbell Middle School.

Brock Martin, a 2010 graduate of Lee’s Summit North High School, built and installed doors for the rustic cabins at the Rotary Youth Camp near Lake Jacomo.

Sean Miller, a senior at Blue Springs South High School, sanded and sealed playground equipment for the preschool playground at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School.

Mathew Muller, a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia, removed a layer of old flooring and installed new tile flooring at the Community Center in Butler.

Daniel Philyaw, a 2010 graduate of Blue Springs South High School, removed and rebuilt a wooden trash enclosure for the residents of Hillcrest Transitional Housing, a program to help homeless families in Lee’s Summit.

Don Dyer, Scoutmaster of Troop 42, stated “We congratulate this exceptional group of young men for their strength of character, integrity, leadership, and commitment to public service. They have given back to their community in outstanding ways whether through projects or their own initiative. Troop 42 and their parents are proud to see these young men achieve the rank of Eagle. This is a life accomplishment that will go with them into the future.”