By Lauren Perry
“On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
– Boy Scout promise
Philip Paulson of Caledonia began his journey as a Boy Scout when he was 6 and, at 17, is being recognized with the highest honor a Scout can receive. Paulson, along with four Houston boys, was recently awarded his Eagle Scout, making him one of the mere 7 percent of Boy Scouts who qualify for the title every year.
To be eligible for this rank, the Scout must progress through the Boy Scout ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life before Eagle. A total of 21 merit badges must be earned, including badges in citizenship, community, fitness and family. The Scout must serve six months in a troop leadership position; plan, develop and give leadership to a service project that benefits an organization, school or community; be involved in a Scoutmaster conference; and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
There are also many adventures available as a Boy Scout.
“I’ve gone to New Mexico and Washington, D.C., for two-week hiking trips, camped out and gotten to do some really high-adventure stuff.”
Although Boy Scouts are often the ones to help their communities, the organization will undoubtedly give back to him, Paulson said.
“Scholarships are available, and it’s a nice thing to have on a resumé because it shows leadership and responsibility.”
Paulson completed his service project with a cleanup of Wilmington Lutheran Church in Spring Grove.
“We had help from members of the congregation and some of the guys in the troop and mainly cleaned up flower beds, sanded hand rails and worked on improving the playground,” he said.
Philip is the son of Mike and Kay Paulson and is an active member of Boy Scout Troop 53.