Fewer than seven percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle, Scouting’s highest advancement rank. Three local Boy Scouts will soon be part of this elite group.
Alex Birkinsha, Austin Hill and Nick Pavlakos of Troop 1045 will received their Eagle Awards at a special “Court of Honor” and dinner on Sunday, Jan. 12 at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, 33900 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.
“For one Scout to earn his Eagle is quite an accomplishment,” said Jeff Stumpf, Troop 1045 Scoutmaster, “But to have three boys earn theirs at the same time is simply remarkable.”
To achieve the rank of Eagle, a Boy Scout must complete all five prior ranks, serve at least six months in a troop leadership position, earn 21 required merit badges and complete a community service project.
The service project is the capstone of the path to the Eagle rank. Eagle candidates are required to come up with a project idea, develop a plan and lead the actual service project.
Pavlakos led a project involving the sewing of pillowcases to be given to child cancer patients at hospitals. Under his leadership, approximately 90 pillowcases were made by a number of local volunteers.
Hill led the effort to rebuild a wheelchair ramp, pressure wash an old awning and scrape and paint the garage at the home of a veteran in Farmington Hills. Hill’s project was commended by the Farmington Hills Senior Division and Groves-Walker American Legion Post #346.
Birkinsha led a project that involved the cleaning and repainting of 170 bins and a dozen metal carts used to fill orders for the needy at the Bishop’s Storehouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington Hills.
Birkinsha is a senior at West Bloomfield High School, and Hill and Pavlakos are a senior and junior respectively at Harrison High School.