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Riley Buckles earns Eagle Scout

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Boy Scout Troop 908, Scoutmaster Carl Howell, and sponsoring organization, St. John's United Church, are proud to announce that Riley Buckles has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Riley joins an elite group of scouts, as less than 4 percent of Scouts ever achieve Scouting's highest honor. The ceremony was held July 19th at the Chesterton United Methodist Church with witness of family, friends and the Chesterton Scouting community, including two Eagle Scout family members.

Riley, son of Lana and Troy, will be a senior at Chesterton High School this fall, where he has consistently earned a high GPA placing him on the Principal's Honor Roll. He is active in swimming, cross country and the foreign language program, specifically German. After he and his family hosted two German students last school year as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), Riley traveled to Pfaffenhofen, Germany, this summer and stayed with a host family for a month. In preparation for the trip, he worked part-time to cover his own expenses.

On the road to Eagle Scout, Riley attended multiple Boy Scout camps, including high adventure trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and Sea Base in the Bahamas. Some of the positions he held while in Troop 908 were Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster and Troop Guide. The highlight of Riley's scouting career was completing his Eagle project. He, along with many fellow scouts, improved the landscaping of the American Red Cross building in Valparaiso. This included installing a 16 foot flag pole, creating new flower beds, complete with stone edging and mulch, and installing a new hand rail for safety next to a sidewalk. Riley, an avid outdoorsman, has enjoyed the camping and hiking that were constant activities over the last 11 years in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.


Posted 7/30/2013