In a Court of Honor Ceremony at the Berwyn Moose Lodge on May 22, four Boy Scouts of Berwyn Troop 301 were honored with Eagle Scout status, racking up the troop’s number of scouts named Eagles to be 103 Eagle Scouts in total. Only five percent of Boy Scouts worldwide earn the rank of Eagle Scout; the work and dedication to earn such an honor is something not all Boy Scouts are able to achieve.
“Making Eagle shows what the scout has had to go through to get to that level,” said charter organization representative for Troop 301, Linda Baran. “It’s an incredible accomplishment that shows a sense of maturity the boys can’t get from any other program. There’s no other group that teaches the life skills that the boys learn from scouting.”
Morton West High School senior Daniel Salazar, 18l is Troop 301’s 100th Eagle and explained that the process to earn the Eagle Scout award was stressful, but a great achievement. He made a small free library for the First Congregational Church of Berwyn for his Eagle project. He plans to continue being active with the troop as a leader.
“Scouting has taught me many things, including how to be my own person,” Salazar said. “It helped me be the leader I am now. Not many people can do what we’ve done, and not many scouts make it to Eagle. It’s very hard to do.”
“It’s a lifetime accomplishment. It was a lot of hard work but very fun and rewarding,” said Saul Rodriguez, 17, who is Troop 301’s 103rd Eagle Scout. “I’ve been in scouting since elementary school, and I knew I wanted to make Eagle. It helped me earn a scholarship to the University of Illinois.”
John Magyarics, retired scoutmaster of Troop 301, said that becoming an Eagle Scout will benefit the boys in the future when they go to college and apply for jobs. Troop 301 has a reputation for producing a lot of Eagle Scouts.
“If they’re an Eagle and they go into the military, they go in as a higher rank, and if they put it on their job application, they’ll be at the top of the list,” Magyarics explained. “Our troop sticks together because we love 301. We’re well-known in the area, our scouts behave and they work hard.”