On Sunday, October 8, 2017 Boy Scout Troop 220 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize ten new Eagle Scouts: J.T. Truman, Brock Lane, Eli Mendenhall, Ryan McCain, Austin Harrell, Jackson Studer, Jacob Harris, Ben Boyle, Parker Mendenahll and Jonathan Marszalek.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. It is quite an accomplishment considering that the Boy Scouts of America reports that only about 7% of young men who enter the Scouting program attain Eagle.
To attain the Eagle Scout rank a Scout must work his way through the first five ranks by learning skills such as camping, first aid, and personal fitness. He must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, provide leadership to his troop, and plan and execute a community service project.
Ben is the son of Christopher Boyle and Jessica Mahan Boyle. He is 18 and studying as a freshman at Longview Community College. He graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School in 2017. Ben’s hobbies are participating in outdoor activities such as camping and canoeing. He enjoys sword fighting and has interest in weapon making as well. Ben placed 4th in the Missouri State Forensics & Debate tournament in Story Telling.
He is a member of the Mic-O-Say tribe, known as Swift Iron Fox. His Eagle Scout project consisted of he and other Scouts building duck habitat boxes. These boxes help protect the native duck wildlife from the elements.
Ben hopes to succeed after college into management at United Parcel Service.
“For what seems a blink of the eye, in the grand scheme of Scouting, Ben Boyle was there. He learned what they taught and will always appreciate the hard hammering of the ore that he was, into the blade he is now. He will slice through life with the clean cut of an eagle’s talon.” - Ben Boyle