Four area Boy Scouts will be presented with the highest rank later this month at an honor ceremony.
Scouts Sam Conway, Ethan Kramer, Jack Lawton and Luke Lawton will receive the rank of Eagle Scout.
The boys are part of the Boy Scouts Troop 168, which is out of Onalaska. Troop 168 is led by Karl Kramer and since its start in 1993, has produced a total of 43 Eagle Scouts.
To receive the rank of Eagle Scout, the scouts must earn 21 merit badges and are required to serve in a leadership position within the troop. They also must lead a service project which would benefit the community, school or church.
Only five percent of Boy Scouts across the country receive the Eagle Scout rank.
The Eagle Court of Honor ceremony will take place on October 20 at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Onalaska.
To learn more about the scouts and their projects see their profiles below.
Sam is 18 years old and a senior at Onalaska High School. Sam’s Eagle Scout project involved leading a team to build and install a bench at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The bench was installed on a cement foundation, also created by the Scouts, along a walking path. The inspiration for the project was a walk at the refuge with his grandmother. At that time, there was no bench, and his grandmother wished there was a place to sit and rest. Now, with the completion of this Eagle Scout project, there is a bench on the walking path to provide a place to rest and enjoy the scenery. A total of 17 Scouts participated in the project, volunteering 121 hours to complete it.
Ethan is 14 years old and is a freshman at Onalaska High School. After volunteering many times at WAFER La Crosse (the largest food pantry serving the La Crosse area), Ethan and the WAFER Director, Erin Waldhart, decided produce bins would provide a more respectable, grocery store-like experience for the patrons. Ethan, and a team of 26 Scouts, spent a total of 108 hours building two produce bins which are now being used at the food pantry.
Jack is 16 years old and a sophomore at Aquinas High School. Jack’s project was building a baked goods display for 4H to use at the La Crosse County Fair. The new display case is more functional and more visually pleasing as it replaces an old chicken coop that took up 60 percent more space. A total of 120 manhours was dedicated to this project.
Luke is 14 years old and a freshman at Aquinas High School. Luke’s project was building a display to hold crops and plants for 4H to use at the La Crosse County Fair. He made two, three-tiered displays that are moveable and can be displayed side-by-side or back-to-back. These replaced the old display cases that were different sizes and hard to move. A total of 131.