Jordan Peterson, a member of BSA Troop 2810 chartered at Salem Lutheran Church and a Sycamore High School senior, was recently awarded the Eagle Rank, the highest award achievable in Boy Scouts. He is the son of Tom and Maureen Peterson of Sycamore.
Peterson began his scouting journey the summer before first grade with Cub Scout Pack 102 chartered by Southeast Elementary School. He earned all five Cub Scout ranks and the Arrow of Light, the highest award given in Cub Scouts. He then crossed over and continued with Boy Scouts Troop 2, and later transferred to Troop 2810. Peterson attended numerous campouts and summer camps, held various leadership positions including assistant senior patrol leader, historian, chaplain and quartermaster. His favorite experience in scouting was camping in a shelter he built himself using only sticks and leaves found in the area as a requirement for the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.
During his trail to Eagle, Peterson earned a total of 37 Merit badges, with his favorite badges being Robotics, Lifesaving and Art. He also enjoyed many high adventure experiences including trips to Philmont Scout Ranch, two Bahama scuba-diving trips with Blackbeard Cruises, Jamboree, Boundary Waters, and a 50-mile trek in the back country in Alaska. After earning the required 21 merit badges for Eagle rank, a scout can earn additional Eagle Palms with five additional merit badges for each Palm. After receiving the Eagle rank, Peterson has earned the Bronze Eagle Palm. He is currently working on his Silver Eagle Palm, and hopes to complete all requirements for a Gold Eagle Palms this summer.
His Eagle project, renovating the south side of the stone cross monument at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore, focused on improving the area around the stone cross grave marker for a former priest of St. Mary’s Church. This project involved re-leveling the ground around the stone cross, outlining and constructing a red stone gravel path with a border, installing a granite bench, and planting flowers and plants around the path and bench.
Peterson will hold his formal Eagle Ceremony later this year. He plans to remain active in scouting, mainly with Venture Crew 101. His future plans include earning his Emergency Medical Technician certificate at Kishwaukee College and attending Knox College in Galesburg to study medicine.