Boy Scout Troop 129 has had a recent group of Eagle Scouts. This is quite the accomplishment, since for many years Rush City did not have a troop, but in 2012 Keith and Joann Belau started a troop with the help of Dennis Pederson.
Current Scout leader Mark Murphy said of these early efforts, “This took a lot of effort on their part, because they had no money or resources.”
Derek Murphy was one of the first Eagle Scouts (the highest ranking a Boy Scout can reach) late last year. Matt Papke and Tim Thole have are new Eagle Scouts as well.
An Eagle Scout is required to do a community service project. Papke organized the building of bird houses and a picnic table for the First Lutheran Church. Thole built a picnic table and benches for the Rush City Community Gardens. Murphy built benches for Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Judy Armstrong, mother of two new Eagle Scout candidates, Levi and Kyle Armstrong, said: “As part of their Eagle Scout projects, they provide the leadership for the project, assign jobs, do any necessary fundraising, etc. They aren’t the workers on the project itself. ... There are currently five Scouts that will be working on projects this summer, or have completed their projects but need to finish badges or other steps to complete the process before they can achieve the Eagle rank.”
Levi Armstrong built a flower box at the Rush City Community Park. Levi said that he started out as a Cub Scout around the age of 7 and has been a Boy Scout for three years now. He enjoys helping people and going to camp.
He said for his project he wanted to be a bit different than the other Scouts in his troop. The hardest part is “not doing any physical work myself and telling other people what to do.”
He added: “I recommend Scouts to other people. It’s a lot of fun and does a lot for the community. ... It looks good on a resume or college application or even going into the military. It says something good about your character.”
Kyle Armstrong was also a Cub Scout before becoming a Boy Scout. His project will be building a shelter at the Rush City Community Gardens on Aug. 10. He said someone had suggested the project to their troop and he took them up on it. He attended the Rush City Community Garden open house and shared plans about the project. It was a hot night and he joked they really needed some shade. He said the hardest part about the project is raising the money for it.
Additional area Scout projects: Sam Hageman did landscaping at C.E. Jacobson Elementary in May, Joey Papke installed a playground at the First Lutheran Church in June, and Kevin Murphy will be doing landscaping at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.