Arcadia’s Boy Scout Troop 6 has added another Eagle Scout to its ranks with Arcadia High junior Dylan Burges.
Dylan started with the Boy Scouts in 5th grade.
“I was initially involved in Pack 6 as a tiger cub when I started in 2nd grade at Hopi and was just led into Boy Scouts,” Dylan said.
Dylan explained that the Boy Scouts has taught him leadership skills and independent life skills that he’s learned while camping and backpacking. “I feel very privileged to have had these opportunities and to have had amazing adult leaders at my side,” Dylan said.
He received the Eagle Scout honor in early July.
“Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is the pinnacle of scouting,” Troop 6 Scoutmaster Steve Radonich said. He explained that a scout must complete seven rank advancements over multiple years. They must also earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, provide leadership to the troop, and develop, implement and lead an Eagle Scout Project.
“From there, they complete the Eagle Project workbook, have a Scoutmaster Conference and pass a Board of Review at the council level,” Radonich said.
Dylan’s project involved mural restoration at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.
“We had about 40 scouts show up to help restore four large murals under a bridge over several hours. The murals looked amazing afterward,” Dylan said.
“As scout leaders, we are privileged to witness the growth and maturity of the scouts over time,” Radonich said. “The project is so meaningful for the scouts because they build leadership and planning skills they will use their whole lives to benefit our communities and the world as they become adults.”
“Receiving my Eagle Scout made me feel as though I had finally accomplished the main goal of scouting,” Dylan said. “In my eyes, the award is a token of appreciation and a reminder of the years I spent scouting with amazing people.”
Dylan plans on attending an out-of-state university. His top choice is the University of California Santa Barbara, followed by the University of Washington.
“I would like to go into the field of computer science or videography, possibly,” he said. “My future goals are to continue to do well in school while giving every other activity my all at the same time. I strive to be the most well-rounded kid I can be.”
“Eagle Scouts are important to our community, country and the world because they have shown the willingness to live by the Scout Law and Oath: To be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent,” Radonich said.
Burges is the 218th scout to earn his Eagle rank since Troop 6 was formed in 1935.
Troop 6 holds their Monday night meetings at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on 56th St. and Indian School Road.
Reach Scoutmaster Steve Radonich at firstname.lastname@example.org