Beuthien to receive Eagle Scout award
Thomas Aaron Beuthien, Baldwin, has earned the highest honor the Boy Scouts of America offers, the Eagle Award. Beuthien will receive the award at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.
A member of Baldwin Troop 65, Beuthien is one of approximately 2 percent of all Boy Scouts nationwide who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Martin Pressgrove.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle.
Beuthien joined scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 3065 in September 1989. In Webelos, Beuthien earned the "Twentier Award" for completing all 20 activity pins, the compass emblem, all compass points and many activity belt loops. He attended Camp Naish both years in Webelos.
As a Cub Scout, Beuthien earned the God and Me Award, the God and Family Award, the World Conservation Award and the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting and is allowed to be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
In May 1994, Beuthien joined Troop 65. He has earned 26 merit badges and has held the leadership positions of assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, troop guide, quartermaster, den chief, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader, and has completed junior leader training.
Beuthien has attended Camp Naish every summer that he has been in Boy Scouts and holds the position of Brotherhood Member in the Order of Arrow, an honor camping society.
He canoed the Kansas River from Junction City to Lawrence for High Adventure summer camp in 1996; whitewater rafted and climbed 14,269-foot Mount Antero at Packard High Adventure Base in Colorado in 1997 and canoed more than 50 miles in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota; and completed conservation service hours to qualify for the 50-miler award in 1998.
By completing campouts in each of the 12 months over a two-year time period, Beuthien has also earned the 12 Month Camper award. His Eagle project utilized the assistance of more than 25 Cub and Boy Scouts and eight adult leaders and parents. Under his direction, they put in more than 125 hours in the completion of the Katharine Kelley Natural Trail at Spring Creek lake. The completion of this trail allows people to walk completely around the lake and stay either on roads or trails.
Beuthien is a sophomore at Baldwin High School and is the son of Jan and Tom Beuthien.