CHS Junior Ian James Earns The Rank Of Eagle Scout
CHS junior Ian James earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 103. To earn this rank, a Scout must progress through six ranks, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, serve in several leadership positions within his troop and provide service to the community. In addition, a Scout must plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for a religious or community organization.
For his project, Ian worked with St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (SFX) to refurbish its existing student recess and playground area. The wooden structure took three days to disassemble, pressure wash and treat it with mildew preventer. Next, came four days of painting, with the final day of work focused on reassembling the slides, ladders and other parts that had been removed. As a bonus, Ian and his team of volunteers removed the grass and weeds that had grown through the playground surface and cleared away overgrown brush from more than an acre of the playground.
In addition to this incredible achievement, Ian has earned 76 of the 137 possible merit badges, as well as 11 Eagle Scout palms, the most ever in his home troop, 103. He completed 76 nights of camping, including 11 long-term summer and winter camps. He also graduated from National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), a full week of extensive instruction on ways to be an effective leader, conducted entirely while camping outdoors, and afterward was elected to his troop’s highest leadership position, Senior Patrol Leader. During his scouting career, he also served in several other roles including Chaplain’s Aide, Historian, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant