Local makes Eagle Scout

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 11, 2011

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. A Scout who attains this rank is called an “Eagle Scout” or “Eagle.” Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages before the age of 18. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout.

Benjamin Joseph Brady of Troop 312 in LaPlace, was awarded his Eagle rank on Friday, Jan. 28, at a Court of Honor ceremony. His project was the repair and painting of the exterior overhang of the St. Joan of Arc Church in LaPlace, which sponsors the troop. Through his hard work, determination and leadership, he saved the parish on labor cost of painting the church.

Brady is a senior at St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace. He has participated in Scouting for nine years. Brady began his career in 2001 as a Cub Scout moving on to Webelos in 2003 and finally earning his Eagle Badge in 2010 as a Boy Scout. His school athletic career has earned him a three-year varsity letter in swimming, football and soccer. He participates in honors classes at. St. Charles Catholic.

Brady has earned numerous awards in swimming at the district and state level while he and his team won the state title in 2009 and 2010. As a soccer player, he has been chosen to the first team all district squad for two years. Brady’s sports career began at LARAYO where he participated in swimming and baseball. Brady has serve as an altar

server for the St. Joan of Arc Church Parish for eight years. Brady has plans to attend U.L.M. in Monroe to pursue a career in Radiology.