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Brown becomes 13th to earn Eagle Scout honors

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  MOUNT WASHINGTON - Mount Washington resident Chris Brown has become the 13th Boy Scout to attain the rank of Eagle Scout in Shepherdsville Boy Scout Troop 868.  He will be formally recognized at a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony at the Shepherdsville Community Center on Saturday, January 29.

Chris is a senior at St. Xavier High School in Louisville and a member of the school’s track team.  He previously attended St. Aloysius Gonzaga Academy in Shepherdsville prior to entering high school.

Chris joined Troop 868 and became a Boy Scout in 2004 after earning the Arrow of Light Award in Cub Scout Pack 685.  During his time in Troop 868, he has held a host of progressively more challenging troop offices, including terms of service as Troop Chaplain Aide, Patrol Leader, and Troop Quartermaster.   He also served for nearly two years as a Den Chief in Cub Scout Pack 868 and was instrumental in the successful startup of that unit.

As a Boy Scout, Chris participated in 127 different campouts, field trips, and service projects.  He has camped 144 nights with the troop and accumulated 269 hiking and backpacking miles.  Just a few days before his 18th birthday, he earned his 59th merit badge; far exceeding the minimum number of 21 required to become an Eagle Scout.

In addition to earning merit badges and demonstrating leadership skills, each Eagle candidate is also required to complete a significant community service project.  Chris’ project was to construct a handicapped accessible picnic pad in Shepherdsville’s city park.  He enlisted the help of his fellow scouts to dig the foundation, build the forms, and pour a 12-foot by 16-foot concrete pad and an associated walkway to the main road.  The finished pad includes a grill and two concrete picnic tables that can easily be used by people in wheelchairs.  With the extra concrete, Chris and his crew of scouts also poured a short sidewalk between the parking lot and the existing picnic shelter near the entrance to Frank E. Simon Park to make that building fully accessible to handicapped individuals.  He completed his project in mid-June and Shepherdsville residents used it all last summer.

As a Boy Scout, Chris has camped in more than a dozen different states and attended summer camp at 5 different Boy Scout camps in different parts of the country.  He was also a 

member of the Troop 868 crew that completed a 12-day backpacking expedition on the Boy Scouts’ Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of New Mexico in July 2008.

Chris has earned the Boy Scout World Conservation Award, the BSA Kayaking Patch, and the Den Chief Service Award.

His interests outside of Scouting include running track and cross-country as a member of the St. X team and car racing.  After high school, he plans to attend college and major in mechanical engineering with hopes of eventually getting into automotive engineering and/or professional car racing as a driver.

Boy Scouting is for boys aged 11-17.  Young men interested in walking the Eagle Trail in Troop 868 are invited to visit the troop’s web site at www.troop868.com or contact Scoutmaster Bob Meek at 964-5270 for information about the program.