On Sunday, September 20, 2015 Boy Scout Troop 42 held an Eagle
Scout Court of Honor to recognize four new Eagle Scouts: Perry Denman
Alewel, Kyle Brent Meyer, John Bailey Mullen and Lawrence Edward Reilly.
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.
Alewel, Meyer, Mullen and Reilly have joined an elite group that includes Gerald Ford, Neil Armstrong and Steven Spielberg.
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
Additionally on the way to Eagle, a Scout has other opportunities
for leadership and service. He can deepen his faith by earning his
religious award. He may be called to join the Tribe of Mic-O-Say honor
camping program or the Order of the Arrow national honor society.
All of this hard work preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders.
John Bailey Mullen started the trail to Eagle in November of 2008
in Troop 601 in south Kansas City, MO. John then attended Scout Camp
with Troop 42 in the summer of 2012 and became a permanent member of
Troop 42 in the fall of 2012. As member of Troop 601 and Troop 42, John
has served as Den Chief, Troop Guide, Instructor, Assistant
Quartermaster, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Patrol Leader. John has
worked to complete 32 Merit Badges and an Award of Distinction, the
Light of Christ.
John has attended Scout camp at the Bartle Scout Reservation for 6
years and has earned the rank of Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He
was given additional responsibilities as a Firebuilder this past summer.
His tribal name is Searching Snail.
John’s Eagle Scout service project consisted of repairing and
resealing an asphalt basketball court at the Rotary Youth Camp, which is
a camp designed specifically for children with physical, mental or
emotional disabilities which make it difficult to attend other camps.
John will graduate from Rockhurst High School in May of 2016. As a
junior, John participated in the Kairos Retreat, which is a three and
one-half day experience of Christian community and sacraments designed
to help students see Christ working in their families, their friends,
and their own lives. John had the honor of being selected by the
pastoral faculty of Rockhurst to serve as a student leader for the
Kairos Retreat this year.
John also has a passion for soccer and obtained his Varsity
letter as a sophomore. This year, John is a Captain of the soccer team
and hopes to help lead the team to a State Championship. John plays as a
Forward and, while his Mic-O-Say tribal name is Searching Snail, John’s
soccer coach calls him the Gazelle. John is still deciding where to
attend college next year as he awaits potential scholarship offers to
John has sung in the Rockhurst Choir all four years in high school and is serving as the Secretary of the Choir this year.