Alex Handel, 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 Terry and Connie Handel of Sycamore.
Handel first joined Cub Scouts in 2003 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, with Cub Scout Pack 77. A short time later his family moved to Sycamore and he joined Cub Scout Pack 102 chartered by Southeast Elementary School. There he earned all five Cub Scout ranks and the Arrow of Light, the highest award given in Cub Scouts.
In 2007, he crossed over into Boy Scouts Troop 2 then later transferred to Troop 2810 as one of the first members of the troop. Handel participated in weekend and summer camps, trips to Eagle Cave, National Youth Leadership Training, the National Jamboree in 2010 and 2013, two Philmont Scout Ranch treks and a Boundary Waters High Adventure.
Handel earned 41 merit badges. 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, Handel earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Eagle Palms this year.
Handel also held various leadership positions including Senior Patrol Leader and Crew Leader for both Philmont and Boundary Waters trips. His Eagle Project was constructing nine outdoor benches for Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa.
Handel’s Eagle Ceremony was held in conjunction with fellow Eagle Scout Brandon Nelson at Sycamore’s Salem Lutheran Church. Handel plans to remain active in scouting and intends on registering as an Adult Leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 2810.