St. Theresa’s Boy Scout Troop 147 recently recognized three of its members as Eagle Scouts, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program. The designation, which only 4 percent of Scouts ever achieve, requires years of hard work and dedication.
Scouts Aidan Hinz, Dan Schueler and Patrick Cheke were awarded during a ceremony in November to acknowledge their completion of the Eagle requirements, which include earning 21 merit badges, living by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and completing a community service project.
Aidan, 15, started as a Cub Scout in first grade.
The 30 merit badges he’s earned in his career as a Scout exceeds the 21 required. His associated community service project involved restoring the North Mountain preserve by cleaning out invasive species such as thistle and sumac trees. In the future, Aidan plans on going to college and studying aerospace engineering.
“I’m excited to be an Eagle Scout. It’s a privilege, and you learn so many skills and good things to use in your life,” Aidan said. “Personally, the rank is important, because it is respected a lot. It may sound vague, but it helps you in your career and life.”
Dan, 18, became a Scout at age nine. He has 45 badges so far – even repeating a few of those he truly enjoyed and teaching them at the Lake Pleasant Scout Aquatic Camp. In addition to becoming an Eagle Scout, Dan will also earn four “Eagle Palms,” which recognize every five merit badges earned beyond the required 21.
Dan’s service project involved repairing the soil erosion in the parking area of Spur Cross Ranch in Cave Creek. He performed maintenance and built multiple foot bridges on the trails. Dan chose this project to improve the environment and help people who use the trails on a daily basis. In the future, Dan would like to be an entrepreneur in business and statistics.
“Becoming an Eagle Scout was a tremendous accomplishment for me because it took me a lot longer than most. I was honestly enjoying my time, and it’s crazy how the experiences, from aquatics to home skills, teach you so much,” Dan said. “Scouts showed me skills of leadership and interdependence among my team and troop.”
Patrick, 15, joined Scouts in the first grade. He has earned 37 badges thus far. For his community service project, Patrick repaired and revamped the Gift of Mary Homeless Shelter on 17th Ave. The project involved working on toilets, painting walls, building industrial-style clothing lines and replacing ceiling tiles.
Patrick plans on continuing on with the Boy Scouts after earning Eagle.
“As long as my two brothers are still in Scouts, I plan on staying. I can hopefully offer a good example for younger aspiring Scouts,” Patrick said.
He plans on studying engineering in college or possibility joining a military academy.
“I know that people are going to be looking up to me from now on, and in college and future work it will pay off,” Patrick said. “My dad has told me that hiring an Eagle Scout is a good thing, plus I got to go through the ceremony with two of my friends.”
Surrounded by their friends and family, the boys enjoyed food, stories of their experiences, and congratulations from their Scout leaders.