Boy Scout Troop 54 of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lee’s Summit, Mo., is proud to recognize three new Eagle Scouts: Joe Andrews, Ryan Lange and John Reuss.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. It is quite an accomplishment considering that less than 3% of young men who enter the Scouting program attain Eagle.
Andrews, Lange and Reuss 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 project.
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. He also has the opportunity to attend a variety of high adventure bases.
All of this hard work preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders.
John Reuss, 16, is the son of John and Janet Reuss. He has been a scout for 10 years, starting as a Cub with Pack 321 in Daphne, Alabama in 2003. After moving to Ohio in 2005, he continued as a Cub Scout with Pack 428 in Powell, OH and then worked his way to Life Scout with BSA Troop 428.
While in Ohio with Troop 428, John joined the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor camping society, as an ordeal member in the summer of 2010. In July 2011, he completed a 10 day, 100 mile backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Ranch. He was a participant in the 2011 Nagatamen National Youth Leadership Training course and was selected to return on staff as a Troop Guide for the 2012 course. All of these experiences contributed to both his life and his scouting career.
After seven years of scouting in Ohio, John moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri and joined Troop 54. In his time as a life scout with 54, he attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in July of 2013 and was called to join the Tribe of Mic-O-Say as Brave Nomadic Bear. He hopes to have many more scouting adventures in the years to come.
He also completed his Eagle project with 54 in October 2013. The project focused on improving the storage in the kitchen of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. In order to reach his goal, he worked with the building committee, planned layouts, and raised the funds to purchase $850 of stainless steel shelving for the church. Working with his father and several other scouts, he coordinated and supervised installation. He earned his Eagle in December 2013.
John is currently a Junior at Lee’s Summit West High School, where he runs on the Track and Cross Country teams. He is an active member of Team Titanium Robotics and is currently enrolled in the engineering program at Summit Technology Academy. John’s goals when he graduates high school consist of attending a top-ranked engineering school and earning a degree in electrical engineering. He knows that the skills and values he learned in Scouting will aid him for the rest of his life.