Eagle Scout is the highest attainable rank within the Boy Scouts of America organization, and it requires years of hard work, dedication, and leadership. Among other achievements, scouts must progress through seven different ranks, earn 21 merit badges, and organize an extensive service project in their communities. No wonder only eight percent of all scouts obtained Eagle status in 2019! After more than a decade of commitment to Boy Scouts of America, Brebeuf Jesuit senior Colton Jung joined that eight percent and became an Eagle Scout, himself. What an amazing accomplishment!

You recently became an Eagle Scout. Can you tell us a bit about the process to become an Eagle Scout?

The process of becoming an Eagle Scout is a long journey that requires much dedication from a scout. There is a progression of ranks that test your skills and abilities, as well as a variety of required and optional merit badges that either further your knowledge on a skill or teaches you something new. For the final rank of eagle, you must remain active for an additional 6 months, hold a leadership position, complete merit badges, pass a board of review, and the most notable Eagle Scout project. I crossed over from cub scouts to boy scouts at 11 years old, so my path to this final rank began while I was in fifth grade and was completed the summer going into my senior year.

Tell us about your Eagle Scout project.

My Eagle Scout project is the culmination of over two years of planning and preparation. After long discussions and many back-and-forth conversations, we landed on what the project would finally be. I wanted to provide something that was usable and maintainable for the school and church members. The final decision was an outdoor circular grotto/prayer space located in a central and visible part of the campus.

What made you choose this specific project?

I wanted to be able to give back to the school I attended for nine years of my life, and to the parish community of my church. I figured the best way to do this would be to provide an outdoor prayer space located in a central spot of the property. This was something that I always wished was there while I attended the school for nine years, so I decided that I should provide that for the years of students to follow me.

What are you most proud of after completing your project and becoming an Eagle Scout?

It sounds tacky, but I am most proud of myself, and finally completing the journey. I began scouting in first grade, and it has been my goal since then to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Project is intended to be a culmination of all the skills taught in scouting, and the end result is left as a testament to the scout. I am proud of the end result, and I feel that it is a strong testament to my time and dedication to scouting.

How do you hope your project will affect your church/K-8 school and local community?

I hope that my project will provide a space for students, staff, and parishioners of Our Lady of Grace to gather, learn, and pray outside of the traditional spaces such as classrooms, meeting rooms, and the church and chapel.