By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is one of the most sought after and prestigious award the Boy Scouts of America has to offer. It takes a number of years for a scout to have the opportunity to reach that level. Lower ranks must be attained and merit badges must be earned (21 in all with 10 being required Merit Badges and the remaining the scouts choice).
The candidate must be active in his troop and community and complete an Eagle project that must be approved by scouting.
Longtime scout and Brevin Runnebohm is a member of Troop 33 that meets at St. Mary’s School. Runnebohm began his trek in scouting 10 years ago as a Tiger Cub in 2004. During the following years, he advanced through the ranks of Wolf (2005) Bear (2006) and Webelos (2008) before joining Boy Scouts in 2010.
A fellow scout became the motivations for Runnebohm’s Eagle Scout project. Friend and fellow scout Mitchell Cowan has had a heart condition since birth and in recent years, as he moved from elementary school to junior high school and high school, Brevin found that Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) were prevalent at each school with the exception of the school he and his friend Cowan had attended St. Mary’s.
“It just didn’t seem right that our old school and the church did not have an AED. I saw a need and decided that I would raise money and purchase one for the school. I hope to raise enough money during the hog roast to purchase one for the church as well,” Runnebohm said.
The fund raising event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s School Cafeteria, with all proceeds going to purchasing the AED’s. Additional funding will also be used to train the teachers and staff at the school on how to use the potentially lifesaving devices. Tickets for the event will be available at the door and cost $8.50 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12.
Runnebohm is the son of Tom and Brandi and has set August of this year as the target date to attain the rank of Eagle.
“I hope to mentor younger scouts and have strived to lead by example. As I grow, I plan on giving back to the scouting program by volunteering and eventually becoming a scoutmaster at some point,” Runnebohm said.
Currently a student at Rushville Consolidated High School, the teenage is active in the RCHS band, 4-H and Varsity Scholars. He was in the top 10 academically of his class this year and also is an active member of the RCHS Cheerblock and is a student at Pinnacle Martial Arts.
“I feel very fortunate and have found that I always learn more through service to others,” Runnebohm said.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.