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Flying with the eagles

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:49 p.m. CDT
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Erik Ruud, Jason Ruetten and Jeremy Swedberg have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

SYCAMORE — Erik Ruud, Jason Ruetten and Jeremy Swedberg, Boy Scouts with Troop 16 in Sycamore, have earned their Eagle Scout rank.

To earn their Eagle awards, each scout completed a community service project that required extensive planning, coordination and leadership. Only 2 percent of all Boy Scouts earn this highest rank.

These young men have been in scouting for as long as 11 years, first as Cub Scouts of Pack 140 and then as Boy Scouts of Troop 16.

They have participated in a variety of high-adventure trips to Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico, The Boundary Waters of Minnesota, Sea Base Camp in Florida and the National Jamboree.

Erik’s project consisted of redecorating and fixing the bird habitat at The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore. He obtained support from Lowes and The National Bank and Trust. He is the son of Kathy and David Ruud. Erik is a senior at Sycamore High School. He plans to become a fireman and paramedic.

Jason’s project was to build a walkway and bridge on the southwest side of the Federated Church of Sycamore. The project connected a supply shed to the main building. This project helped to improve an area of the church which sponsors Troop 16. He is the son of Cathy and Tim Ruetten. Jason is a freshman at Sycamore High School.

Jeremy’s project involved leading a fundraiser named “Nickels for Kneelers” to repair the kneelers at St. Mary’s Church of Sycamore. He collected more than $500 and recruited about 30 people to complete the repairs. He is the son of Lori and Ben Swedberg. Jeremy is a freshman at Sycamore High School.

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