ROSCOE - Behind every Boy Scout is a story of camping trips, perseverance, merit badges, and service projects that impact a community. On April 20 at the Roscoe United Methodist Church, two local boys received Eagle Rank. Special guest Pastor Paul C. Meyers awarded the scouts with a special FBI award for their service projects.
Roscoe Boy Scout Troop 620 scouts Ruben Campos and his best friend Sam LaMonica recently became two of 16 scouts to receive Eagle rank from Troop 620 in the past two years.
Campos and LaMonica are seniors at Hononegah High School in Rockton. Campos has held leadership roles in his troop as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Troop Bugler. After graduation Campos plans on entering the automotive technology industry.
LaMonica served Troop 620 as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and plans to attend Rock Valley College's aviation technology school after graduation.
According to Scoutmaster Mark LaMonica each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue related service project to earn Eagle Rank. A service project provides the scout with an opportunity to give leadership to other, while building skills in planning and developing. Scouts must also recruit both adult and troop members to assist in their project. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program. Since it began in 1911, only 6 percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process.
For his service project Campos built a Woodland Wigwam, built from local willow saplings using Square and Shear lashing styles with twine, for the Macktown Living History Museum's outdoor education area. Campos stated that he constructed a 14 foot replica of the wigwam used by local tribes as shelter.
LaMonica built a scooter board ramp for the Winnebago County Special Education Co-op for his project. He stated that the therapy department of the agency needed ramps for their students which he was able to build to help the children build core and upper body strength by pulling themselves up the ramps. The ramps are located at four separate school locations.
The success of a project is based on the benefit to the organization being served and on the candidate's leadership. In 2018, in Illinois, 1,618 Boy Scouts were awarded the Eagle rank. Through their efforts and service projects in their community, Campos and LaMonica have joined other troop members in attaining Eagle Rank.