Senior Ian Hart Achieves Eagle Scout
Monday, September 15, 2014
Posted by: Megan Jamen
Written by: Annette K. Corrigan
After more than a decade in scouts, St. Francis senior and St. Michael School alum, Ian Hart, reached the ultimate milestone in scouting. On August 21, Ian became the most recent Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 34.
All of the hard work leading up to achieving Eagle rank had been completed months, even years before. Earning the required 21 merit badges since crossing over from cub scouts to boy scouts in 5th grade, Ian, like his other Eagle-driven brother scouts, worked year after year on subjects outside of school that included everything from archery and cooking to personal management (finance) and first aid. In the past seven years, Ian also achieved each of the six required ranks - from Tenderfoot to Life Scout - and now Eagle, everyone of which has its own set of requirements to be fulfilled, service hours and leadership expectations to meet.
Troop 34 boy scouts have been meeting weekly for more than 90 years on the campus of St. Michael’s. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council 2301, It is not only one of the oldest troops, it is the longest continuously chartered boy scout troop in the State of Illinois, originally receiving it’s charter on May 1, 1921.
Troop 34 emphasizes to families considering it for their sons that it is a "boy-run” troop. The boys are responsible for running the troop with guidance from adult leaders. Among other things, they decide where and when they will go on outings, which summer camp to attend, which rank requirements need to be covered to help advance younger scouts. Troop 34 also promotes itself as a troop that is more flexible than some in that it keeps its doors open to those scouts who may be involved in other activities, like sports, and who may not be able to attend weekly meetings during a season. "We recognize that kids have other interests whether that’s football, soccer, band, chess club or debate team,” says Scoutmaster Dr. Greg Kozeny. "The expectation though is that when your season is over or the weekend is free, you attend and partake in the troop.”
This past week, Ian became the latest in a long line of Troop 34 Eagles. Rest assured, he won’t be the last. In fact, in the next 12 months, 6 more of Ian’s brother scouts are on target for achieving Eagle representing four Wheaton area high schools. When asked if he saw achieving Eagle as the end to his scouting experiences,” Ian replied, "No, not at all! This is just another milestone for me with scouts. Everything I have learned and done with scouts all these years I see myself using in my life. It was in scouts I learned during a hiking outing that didn’t go as we had planned that things can go wrong without warning and that when you’re challenged you don’t give up, you deal with it as best you can. Scouts has definitely helped to prepare me for those times. I think I’d like to be a junior assistant scoutmaster to help out other scouts like I was helped."
Ian is the co-captain on the St. Francis High School varsity soccer team and is a member of the National Honor Society.