Robert Carpenter, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 2810, chartered at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, recently was awarded Eagle, the highest rank achievable in Scouting. He is the son of Madaline and Phillip Carpenter of Sycamore.
Carpenter started in Scouting with Pack 822 at South Prairie School in first grade, achieving the ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. In addition, he earned his Arrow of Light award. In fifth grade, he crossed over into Boy Scouts and joined Troop 2810. Along his trail to Eagle, he served as assistant senior patrol leader, webmaster, patrol leader and as a troop guide twice. He earned 26 badges over the years.
During his Scouting years, Carpenter enjoyed the catapult, cooking, winter cabin and Indiana Dunes campouts the best. He has participated in several high adventure trips: Boundary Waters in 2015 and 2018, the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in 2017, and a trek to Philmont Ranch in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 2019. His favorite of these trips was his 2018 trip to Boundary Waters in Minnesota for he enjoyed the isolated canoeing, the beautiful stars and time spent with his tight-knit group of friends.
Carpenter’s Eagle project consisted of him arranging and performing several jazz concerts for residents of the Grand Victorian in Sycamore. Carpenter has been a gifted drummer for years, so he chose this project to share his gift with others. He arranged with other musicians from Sycamore, DeKalb and Rockford to put on two jazz concerts. Playlists for the concert included “Chameleon,” “Blue Train,” “St. Thomas” and “Woodchopper’s Ball.” Musicians played the sax, trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass and drums.
A senior at Sycamore High School, Carpenter has played drums with the Jazz Band, Marching Band and Symphonic Band. He also has been a part of the engineer’s club, choir and Business Academy. He is looking into pursuing a business major in college next year.
For information about Troop 2810, call Scoutmaster Terry Handel at 815-895-6953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.