Three members of Glencoe's Boy Scout Troop 28 — Bryan Kely, Sam Liebenson and Nick Robbins — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, which was awarded to them in a ceremony held last Thursday.
To earn the rank, which takes upwards of seven years to complete, the scouts had to go through six ranks, including Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life. They then had to complete a community service project and present to a panel.
"One of the best things about the Boys Scouts is that it's one of the only opportunities where high school seniors can mentor fifth graders," said Kelly in a speech at the ceremony.
For Kelly's community service project, he revamped the flower beds and greenery at the Glencoe Metra Station, a project that included organizing volunteers and communicating with village officials.
"When I think of the Scouts, I think of the experiences I've had with people and nature," Liebenson said. "I can't think of one bad thing my Eagle Scout experience, except when I got stuck spelunking at Eagle Cave!"
Liebenson's community service project included building handicapped-accessible picnic tables at Glencoe Beach.
"Getting through my Eagle Scout project was not at all easy and not at all what I expected," Robbins said. Robbins' project included revamping the Oasis Lounge at Central School in Glencoe — a project that had to be redone after a torrential rainstorm ruined much of his work. "But when I look back on the troop ... I hope that I left them in better shape than when I arrived."
Only two percent of all Scouts ever make it to the rank of Eagle Scout.