Boy Scout Christopher Bauer of Lombard Troop 202 recently was awarded the rank of Eagle -- the highest rank of advancement achieved by only two out of every 100 Scouts.
Since starting as a new tenderfoot Scout in 2011, Christopher learned many skills along the way to Eagle, most importantly the ability to work with others as a leader. He was elected by other Scouts to become the Senior Patrol Leader for the troop with responsibility for planning, activities and helping younger Scouts advance.
In addition to earning the 21 merit badges required for this rank, a Scout must plan and develop a service project that benefits the community.
Christopher, who always has been interested in Lombard history, contacted Sarah Richardt of the Lombard Historical Society about replacing the split rail fence around the Sheldon Peck home, which dates to the 1830s. He raised money for the project; collected the necessary materials and tools; and organized other Scouts, friends and neighbors to remove the old rotting rails.
More than 30 volunteers helped dig new holes and install a new cedar railing that's not only straight, but historically accurate.
The son of Bill and Joyce Bauer of Lombard, Christopher is a student council leader at St. Francis High School in Wheaton and a member of the National Honor Society, soccer team and band. He plans to study engineering.
Troop 202 meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Faith United Methodist Church, 815 S. Finley Road, Lombard.