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.
Perry Denman Alewel began his Scouting journey as a Cub Scout at
the age of 10 in Pack 42. He crossed over into Boy Scouts in February
of 2008 and progressed to Eagle in March 2015. Perry has served in Troop
42 as a Quartermaster, Assistant Quartermaster, and a Patrol Leader for
Perry has earned 32 Merit badges in his time in Scouting as well
as the World Conservation Award in 2013. He participated in the high
adventure trip to the Canadian Boundary Waters at Crane Lake and is
slated to go on the Philmont High Adventure trip in 2016.
Perry is a Warrior in the tribe of Mic-O-Say, and earned
additional responsibilities as a Firebuilder this summer. Perry’s tribal
name is White Spark in Sky.
Perry’s Eagle Project was to construct six campfire benches for
the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit. This will enhance the camping
experience for physically, emotionally, and mentally disabled youth of
Greater Kansas City, as well as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other
organizations supporting youth.
Perry is currently a senior at Lees Summit North High School,
where he has also earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force
Junior ROTC. Upon graduation, Perry will be pursuing a degree in fire