Nationally, only about 4% of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.                                                                                                        

TROOP 868's EAGLE SCOUTS



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The rank of EAGLE SCOUT is the highest achievement that boys can earn in the Boy Scouting program.  In order to reach this milestone, a boy must first progress through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life.  Along the way he must earn a total of 21 merit badges, 11 of which must be from a list of specified or "required" badges.  The others are chosen by the scout from more than 100 different options.

Boys cannot normally become Boy Scouts until they reach the age of 11.  Cub Scouts who earn their Webelos Arrow of Light Award may cross over into Boy Scouting at age 10.  All requirements except the board of review must be fully completed before the boy's 18th birthday.  Exceptions can only be made by the Boy Scouts' National Board of Review and are generally limited to those scouts with special needs or highly unusual circumstances.  

In order to progress up through the ranks, boys must hold various positions of leadership within their local troops such as Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, or Scribe.  They must perform numerous hours of community service and master skills ranging from knot tying to First Aid that may enable them to someday save their own life or the life of another.  They learn about duty to God and Country; and the benefits of responsible citizenship.  They develop a sense of personal responsibility and embrace a code of personal conduct and ethical behavior that distinguishes them among their peers.

As a practical exercise to demonstrate their leadership ability, they must plan and coordinate an extensive service project that benefits the community at large.  Eagle Leadership Service Projects typically involve weeks or months of advance planning followed by hundreds of hours of physical labor to bring their project to completion.

As a final test, candidates for the Eagle rank must appear before a board of review that will question them in great detail to determine whether or not they have mastered all the required skills and embody the principles expected of those who wear the Eagle Badge. 

Finally, after passing the Eagle board of review, their locally approved application is submitted to the Boy Scouts' National Board of Review for final approval, a process that often takes 6~8 weeks.  Once final approval is received from national headquarters, the local troop plans a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony where the scout and his parents are formally recognized and the sterling silver Eagle Medal is presented.

The Boy Scouting program provides something to every boy who joins, whether they walk the Eagle Trail all the way to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout or not.  But the relatively small number of boys who do reach this lofty goal are a special group of young men.  They represent the very best that Boy Scouting can produce ... trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Statistically, 17% of boys who achieve the rank of Eagle Scout will someday become a Scout Leader themselves, leading their sons and other boys along an Eagle Trail that stretches ever onward, without end.

Troop 868 takes great pride in recognizing our troop's Eagle Scouts.

 
Eagle Scout #1
December 31, 2001

David Robert Meek

David achieved Eagle at the age of 14.  He began his scouting career in Cub Scouting where he progressed through the ranks of Wolf, Bear, and Webelos before earning his Arrow of Light Award and crossing over into Boy Scouting just before reaching age 11.  Dave initially joined another local troop where he remained about 8 months and achieved the rank of First Class before transferring his membership to the newly-formed Troop 848.  He was the troop's first non-charter member.  Dave served in various troop leadership positions, including Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.  He also served as a Cub Scout Den Chief, on the Den Chief Training staff at POW*WOW,  and on the staff at Webelos Resident Camp.  Dave is a graduate of Junior Leader Training, a Brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow, and a BSA Lifeguard.  He remained active in the troop after reaching Eagle and eventually earned a total of 87 merit badges!  Dave served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a couple of years after graduating high school but is no longer active with the troop.  He currently manages a retail cellular telephone store in southern Indiana.

 
Eagle Scout #2
July 25, 2002

Christopher Paul Kmiec

Chris achieved Eagle at the age of 14.  He began his scouting career as a Cub Scout and progressed through the ranks of Wolf, Bear, and Webelos.  After earning his Arrow of Light Award, he joined another local Boy Scout troop for about 10 months and progressed to the rank of First Class before transferring to Troop 848.  He has attended Junior Leader Training and served successful terms as Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.  Chris also served as a Den Chief for his younger brother's den in Cub Pack 848.  Chris remained active in the troop until age 18.  He has since graduated from the University of Tennessee and is working for General Electric as a nuclear engineer.

 
Eagle Scout #3
December 2, 2002

Paul Antonio Guzman

Paul achieved Eagle at the age of 17.  He began his scouting career with a troop in Virginia where he progressed to the rank of First Class.  When his family moved to Shepherdsville, KY, he became one of the five founding members of Troop 848.  Paul was the troop's first Senior Patrol Leader. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and served terms as Patrol Leader and Troop Scribe as well as SPL.  Paul is a graduate of the Junior Leader Training program and served two years on the summer resident camp staff at Camp Crooked Creek.  After earning his Eagle, Paul remained active in the troop as a member of the troop's Eagle Scout Service Patrol until turning 18.  He has graduated from the University of Louisville where he he participated in the Army ROTC program.  He served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Army National Guard, and has since been commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army.  He married in 2011 and is stationed in Texas.

 
Eagle Scout #4
June 9, 2004

Florencio A. Olives

Florencio achieved Eagle shortly before his 18th birthday.  Flo was born in New York and lived in the U.S. for 7 years before going to live with relatives in Ecuador.  He returned to the U.S. at age 13 and began his scouting career with Troop 848, thus becoming our troop's first totally "home grown" Eagle Scout!  Generally preferring support positions to being in charge, Flo held various troop offices, including Patrol Leader and Scribe, but never sought to be Senior Patrol Leader.  He attended the Junior Leadership Training Course and served a year on staff at Camp Crooked Creek.  He joined the U.S. Army National Guard and completed basic training the summer following his junior year in high school.  Our unit number changed from 848 to 868 before Flo's Eagle board of review, so technically, he is Troop 868's first Eagle.  Flo  completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan.  He is currently living and attending college in New York City studying art.

 
Eagle Scout #5
March 23, 2005

Tyler Stephen Vandeveer

Tyler achieved Eagle shortly before his 16th birthday.  He began his scouting career with Troop 848 at age 11 and is our second totally "home grown" Eagle Scout.  Just prior to his Eagle board of review he completed his second term as Senior Patrol Leader.  Previously he had served as both a Patrol Leader and Troop Scribe.  Tyler seldom missed any troop outings or events.  At the time he made Eagle, he had attended five different Boy Scout summer resident camps, camped in twelve different states, and accumulated 109 nights of Scout camping with Troop 868.  In the summer of 2004 he was inducted as a Brave in the tribe of Mic-O-Say.  His interests outside of Scouting included boating, video games, paintball, and boxing.  Shortly after reaching Eagle, Tyler moved, changed schools, got a part-time job, and did not remain active in Scouting.  He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed for over a year in Japan.  During a tour of duty in Iraq he was injured by an IED and received a medical discharge.  He is now back home in Shepherdsville looking for employment.

 
Eagle Scout #6
July 11, 2005

Clinton R. Vissers, III

Clinton achieved Eagle at age 15.  He began his scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 157 and progressed through that program earning all the ranks from Tiger up to and including the Webelos Arrow of Light Award.  He also earned both the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei Cub Scout religious awards.  He began his Boy Scouting career with another local troop and progressed to the rank of Life Scout before deciding to transfer to Troop 868.  A dedicated Brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow, Clinton earned the Arrowman's Service Award and served as the troop's liaison to the OA.  His is also a Brave in the tribe of Mic-O-Say and has attended the BSA Junior Leader Training Course.  His outside interests included collecting knives, swords, and coins.  He remained active with the unit after reaching Eagle and eventually earned a total of 57 merit badges before turning 18.  Clinton is currently studying engineering at the University of Louisville's Speed Scientific School.

 
Eagle Scout #7
September 19, 2005

Joseph Anthony Guelda

Joe slipped in just under the wire, completing his last requirement only a few days before his 18th birthday.  But that's only part of the story -- Joe was already a 15 year old sophomore in high school before he joined Scouting, so his march up the Eagle Trail was anything remotely related to "casual."  An honor roll student, Joe quickly mastered the basic Scouting skills and was soon pursuing merit badges with a definite concentration on those required for Eagle.  His service project was so well-planned and managed that he expanded the project by 50% and still completed it on schedule.  His interests outside of Scouting include bowling and working with his church's youth group.  He graduated from Bellarmine College with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and an MBA.  He passed all sections of the CPA exam and is currently working in public accounting.  He married in 2011.

 
Eagle Scout #8
June 4, 2007

Philip M. McClure

Philip is another "home grown" Eagle who spent his entire Boy Scouting career in Troop 868.  He joined at age 11 and seldom missed any troop activity --- including weekly troop meetings, hikes, campouts, fund-raising events, and service projects.  An honor roll student with a sincere thirst for knowledge, he earned more than 40 merit badges but still managed to delay completing his last Eagle requirement until only a few days before his 18th birthday!  Philip's Eagle service project was to construct dugouts at a popular softball field in a Shepherdsville city park.  He tried to remain active as an Assistant Scoutmaster during college, but his work load did not permit him to be as active as he had hoped.  He has since graduated from the University of Louisville and is working fulltime while seeking to admission to medical school. 

 
Eagle Scout #9
August 13, 2007

Patrick Ross Smith

Patrick's journey up the "Eagle Trail" had its share of twists and turns.  Patrick joined Troop 868 and advanced to the rank of First Class before transferring to another area troop for a few months then deciding to come back.  Then his family moved  some 35 miles away and he again left in search of a closer troop only to once return a few weeks later.  Patrick was the first scout in Troop 868 to earn the Climbing and Water Skiing merit badges.  He served terms as Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader and completed his last Eagle-required merit badge the day before his 18th birthday!  He has since graduated high school, served in the U.S. Army Reserve, attended Jefferson Community College for a year, got married in 2012, and is currently working fulltime.

 
Eagle Scout #10
August 27, 2007

Timothy Robert Meek

Tim is a 3rd generation Eagle and the 4th Eagle in his family, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, and older brother.  Tim earned Eagle at age 15.  At the time of his Eagle Board of Review, he had already earned 52 merit badges and camped 178 nights.  Tim earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelos in Cub Pack 685 before becoming a Boy Scout.  He is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow and a graduate of the National Youth Leadership Training course.  He is also a BSA Mile Swimmer and a BSA Lifeguard.  He has served the troop as Scribe, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.  After reaching Eagle, he remained active in the Troop 868 for another year, participated in nearly every troop activity, and continued to earn more merit badges.  His interest in Scouting then gave way to his love for music.  He plays several instruments, including guitar, drums, saxophone, and piano.  He attended college at UofL for a year before taking a break to work full-time while deciding what kind of work he wants to do long-term.

 
Eagle Scout #11
May 11, 2009

Stephen Frederick Guelda

Stephen is the second scout in his family to become a Troop 868 Eagle.  Like his older brother, he completed the remaining requirements less than two weeks before his 18th birthday.  An honor roll student, he was both a member of the National Honor Society and a Governor's Scholar.  He earned the Arrow of Light Award in Cub Scout Pack 685 before joining Boy Scouts.  He is another "home grown" Eagle, a member in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and a BSA Lifeguard.  He camped 165 nights as a Boy Scout and earned 56 merit badges.  His Eagle Leadership Service Project was to make 300 Rosaries to send to U.S. Military Chaplains and Catholic Missionaries overseas.  But he received so many requests that he and the team he assembled ended up making and shipping over 5,000 Rosaries to 7 continents!  Stephen is studying engineering at the University of Louisville's Speed Scientific School and is the proud father of a son.

 
Eagle Scout #12
January 18, 2010

Alex Manuel Frost

Alex is another scout who let time slip up on him and completed his two remaining Eagle-required merit badges only a few days before his 18th birthday.  His Eagle Leadership Service Project was to built several shelving units for a food pantry program at his church.  Alex is a "home grown" Eagle who spent his entire Boy Scouting career in Troop 868 after completing his Cub Scout years and earning the Arrow of Light Award in Pack 20.  He has been to Philmont Scout Ranch with the troop.  A graduate of Bullitt East High School, he is currently attending Bible college and eventually hopes to pursue a career in the ministry.  He is no longer active in the troop but did serve a year as a Webelos Den Leader in Pack 868 with his younger brother.  

 

Eagle Scout #13
September 20, 2011

Christopher Scott Brown

Chris earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelos Cub Scout in Pack 685 before becoming a Boy Scout.  He is another "home grown" Eagle who spent his entire Boy Scouting career in Troop 868.  Currently a senior attending St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Chris had earned 58 merit badges at the time of his Eagle board of review.  In addition to Scouting, he has an intense interest in car racing and is currently studying mechanical engineering in college with the hope of eventually becoming a professional race car driver.  Having played soccer or run cross-country throughout middle and high school, Chris is an example of a young man who was able to successfully balance sports and Scouting.  He hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch with the troop in 2008.  Chris played a major role in the startup of Cub Scout Pack 868 and served that unit as a Den Chief for nearly 2 years.  He is currently at the University of North Carolina studying engineering.

 
Eagle Scout #14
June 6, 2011

Nicholas Cain Canchola

Nick earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelos Cub Scout in Pack 848 before becoming a Boy Scout.  He is a "home grown" Eagle who spent his entire Boy Scouting career in Troop 868.  Currently a senior attending Bullitt Central High School in Shepherdsville, Nick had earned 56 merit badges and camped 168 nights at the time of his Eagle board of review.  In addition to Scouting, he plays the drums and is in his school's marching band.  Nick was a member  of the Troop 868 crew that hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch in 2008.  Nick used his BSA Lifeguard certification to obtain a summer job working at a church camp.  He is currently a college student at Northern Kentucky University studying theater and performing arts.  He has already earned his first film credit with a role in a low-budget horror movie.

 
Eagle Scout #15
July 18, 2011

Charles E. "Trey" Davis, III

Trey met some members of Troop 868 selling candy bars at a local Kroger store and decided to become a scout.  From the day he joined, he instantly become one of our most devoted members, seldom missing a troop meeting, weekend outing, service project, or fundraising activity.  His father also became actively involved in the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster.  Trey served as Crew Leader when our troop hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch in 2008.  As a high school student, other interests (cars, girls, and a job) detoured him away from Scouting for nearly 2 years before he decided to resume his walk of the Eagle Trail just months before his 18th birthday.  We're glad he did and we're proud to recognize him as one of our Eagles.  He is currently a college student at the University of Louisville.

 
Eagle Scout #16
October 24, 2011

Adam James Kmiec

Adam is the third young man in our unit to follow in an older brother's footsteps to become a Troop 868 Eagle.  Adam's career in Scouting started as a Cub Scout in Pack 848.  He earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelos before crossing over into Boy Scouting.  Adam held a number of troop leadership positions, including Scribe, Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader; and performed each office with dedication.  He is a member in the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouting's association of Scout "honor campers."  At the time of his Eagle board of review, he had camped 149 nights as a Boy Scout and earned 53 merit badges.  Adam also distinguished himself academically as a Governor's Scholar.  He is currently studying engineering at Purdue University.

 
Eagle Scout #17
November 19, 2012

Dylan Thomas Kallin

Dylan began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 540 where he earned the Arrow of Light Award before crossing over into Boy Scouting in Troop 868.  During his walk of the Eagle Trail, Dylan accumulated 210 nights of camping and hiked 124 miles.  He visited 20 states with the troop and attended 8 different Boy Scout summer camps.  Along the way he earned 47 merit badges and held a number of troop leadership positions, including Scribe, Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.  His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was to build an outdoor classroom and perform landscaping improvements at Bullitt Lick Middle School in Shepherdsville.  He attended Sullivan University to study graphic arts for a year with the goal of eventually designing computer games.  He is currently working fulltime and saving money to continue his college education.