Two local boys
earned their Boy Scouts of America Eagle rank and were presented with the
designation at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, held at Augsburg Lutheran
Church in Porter on August 26.
Members of Boy
Scout Troop 929, Jack Ward, 15, and Josh Osborn, 15, are both juniors at
Chesterton High School who demonstrated leadership and service to community
through their Eagle Scout projects.
Ward, son of
Caroline and Joe Ward, led scouts to create a pathway through the courtyard
of Liberty Intermediate School (LIS) and fill in a pond that was not being
maintained. The courtyard was not being used since it was overgrown.
Over the course of
Wardís Scouting career, he has also earned the Order of the Arrow, 2015;
served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader; received
National Youth Leadership Training; and has been Cub Scout Pack 924 Den
Osborn, son of
Katherine and John Osborn, led scouts to landscape the courtyard at LIS,
which included pruning trees and bushes, laying down new mulch and landscape
fabric, building new picnic tables and repairing and staining older picnic
tables, and replacing seating in the gazebo.
tenure in Scouts, he has also earned the Order of the Arrow, 2016, and
served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Den Chief for Pack 924.
As a result of
these Eagle Scout projects, the leadership of Ward and Osborn and the
service of Scouts in Troop 929, students at Liberty Intermediate School can
now utilize this outdoor area. Previously, students could look through the
windows at the courtyard but not enter the space. Now the courtyard can be
used by the staff and students for outdoor school learning activities.
Both Ward and
Osborn served under the direction of Scoutmaster David Larimer who, over his
20 years in scouting, has led 57 boys to the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop
929, an honor that only four percent of Boy Scouts achieve.