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Soaring like an Eagle, from Boy to Man BC Incorporated 642 S. Clark St. Chicago IL 60605 651-555-1035

This past Sunday, Brian Ciaccio earned the rank of Eagle Scout. This is the highest honor one can receive from the Boy Scouts of America. According to the Scouting website, fewer than 5%of scouts earn this rank. Family and friends gathered at a local church to honor his

achievement. For the past six years, Brian has ascended the ranks of scouting, earning 21 merit badgesalong the way. As a life scout he was elected by his troop to serve as Senior Patrol Leader. This position required him to run weekly meetings, elect troop officers, and plan monthly campouts. He also had to set an example of character and scout spirit for over 30 boys. In July of 2007, Brian went on a 70 mile backpacking trip through the southern Rockies. The climax of his scouting career was his Eagle Scout service project. On a snowy April afternoon, 40 plus volunteers weeded, dug, mulched, and planted over 70 ivy plants along a trail in St. Louis Park, MN. In an effort to hide a cement retaining wall, Brian planned, organized and led a service project to benefit the local community. He developed an elaborate plan that mapped out everything from safety concerns to the types of ivy. He even got Chipotle to donate food to feed the workers. All scouts are required to do a project like this in order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Brian continues to use the skills he learned from scouting in his summer job as a camp counselor at YMCACamp du Nord. “The survival skills have come in quite handy, but what I value most was learning how to lead by example.” Brian explains. “Scouting has taught me the value of helping others and how to be confident in myself.” Certainly these skills will translate into everything he does in the future. The Boy Scouts of America is a nonprofit organization founded in 1910. It strives to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through outdoor activities, educational programs, and career-oriented programs. ###


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