Austin Bunge, a member of Boy Scout Troop 2810, chartered at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, was recently awarded Eagle, the highest rank achievable in scouting. He is the son of Kevin and Jean Bunge of Clare.
Bunge joined Troop 2810 as a new scout, and despite no Cub Scout experience he quickly became very involved. He holds the position of assistant senior patrol leader and previously was patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, scribe and Leave No Trace guide. In addition, he attended National Youth Leadership Training as both a participant and staff member. He recently was selected to join the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s national honor society, and has earned 33 merit badges to date.
Bunge enjoyed attending many campouts and Canyon Camp Summer Camp. His favorite experience was his high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico last year. He also attended the National Jamboree in West Virginia.
Bunge’s Eagle project focused on Fairdale, which was hit by an EF4 tornado on April 9, 2015. He had a “Franklin Township Park” sign designed via a grant from the DeKalb County Long Term Recovery Corp. and he and other scouts and volunteers beautified the park area.
Bunge is a sophomore at Sycamore High School and a member of the soccer and baseball teams. He is considering studying engineering in college and hopes to attend the University of Illinois. He remains active in Troop 2810 and is planning to earn Eagle palms and attend future high adventure trips.