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.
Ryan Lange, 15, has been a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church since he was born, and started Cub Scouts as a Tiger in First Grade. He is the son of Fred and Shelli Lange. Before he culminated his Cub Scout career by earning his Arrow of Light, he participated in many Pinewood Derby’s, campouts, and service projects. He also earned the religious awards Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei.
Ryan has greatly enjoyed his Boy Scout career while in Troop 54. In his first year of Boy Scout camp, he earned an impressive 10 merit badges under the excellent leadership of the late Chris Atwell.
Ryan became a warrior in Mic-O-Say in 2013, and took the name "Stormy Red Cloud" after his warrior/ Eagle Scout Grandfather Richard Richardson, aka "Silent Red Cloud." Ryan feels that Mic-O-Say is a fantastic program and appreciates all the hard work and dedication of his tribesman. Ryan was also inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scout’s National Honor Society, in 2013 at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in Bonner Springs, Ks.
Ryan’s Eagle Scout project was especially satisfying, as he created a child-sized alter, ambo, and tabernacle in support of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a new children’s religious education program at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit.
Ryan is a student at Lees Summit West High School, where he is on the swim team and takes a full slate of honors classes. Ryan’s current hopes are to go to Notre Dame, and then medical school to be a surgeon. He believes his Scouting background will help him in many ways throughout his life, and appreciates all who helped and supported him along the way.