Scott Johnson, 18, of St. Patrick Boy Scout Troop 10 celebrated his Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Charles on May 4. He is the son of Pam and Tom Johnson and brother of Eagle Scout Jeffrey Johnson.
As a senior at Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora, Scott is a member of the National Honor Society as well as an Illinois State Scholar. He is a member of the theater-technology club and served as head audio-engineer for all of the school's plays, musicals, and other presentations. Scott also plays saxophone in the school's jazz and advanced bands and has participated in several jazz competitions.
In addition to these activities, Scott is also very active in St. Patrick's Peer Ministry Leadership Team. He has spent four years as head audio-engineer, small group leader, retreat team leader, and equipment manager. Scott has attended Camp Wow three years and will be attending a fourth year this summer. In his leisure time, Scott enjoys exploring the outdoors, cycling, tinkering with technology, getting together with friends, and studying cars. He has worked as a lifeguard for both Splash Country in Aurora and Norris Recreation Center in St. Charles.
Scott began his scouting trail as a Tiger Cub in Pack 110 of St. Patrick's. Under the leadership of Cub leaders Peggy Schmidt, Patti Rayfield, Mary Lou Spoerl and Sandra Foley, Scott passed through the Cub ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos, and then crossed over into Troop 10 in fifth grade.
Progressing through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and now Eagle, Scott has served in numerous leadership positions. Among these are Chaplain's Aide, Librarian, Troop Guide, Quartermaster, Historian, High Adventure Crew Chief, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and finally Senior Patrol Leader. Scott has also received the Ad Altare Dei religious award. He attended many Boy Scout summer camps where he completed several of his merit badges. He also completed the Thunderbird National Youth Leadership Training in Rochelle. Scott has participated in some of the High Adventure trips including backpacking and canoeing Isle Royale in Lake Superior, backpacking Shawnee National Forest, and sea-kayaking the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Scott took on a demanding Eagle Project which involved the clearing of invasive species from a natural bog on property owned by Garfield Farm Museum in Campton Hills. These nonnative plants had begun choking out native plants and drying the natural bog on which they were located. The brush was marked, cut, and dragged to a large fire where it was incinerated on site. Thanks to the help given by his crew, the rare, native plants now grow unrestricted.
Scott will be attending college in the fall.