Stephen Guelda earns rank of Eagle Scout

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Boy Scout Troop 868 proudly announces that Stephen Guelda of Shepherdsville has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Stephen is the 11th scout to earn the Eagle rank in Troop 868 during the unit’s 10-year history.

Stephen, who lives in Fox Chase, is a recent graduate of St. Xavier High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society.

Stephen is a member of St. Aloysius Parish in Shepherdsville and an active participant in the youth group at Mother Seton Catholic Church in Okolona.

Stephen joined Troop 868 after earning the Arrow of Light Award in Cub Scout Pack 685.              During his time in Troop 868, he held a host of progressively more challenging troop offices.      Having just turned 18, he plans to remain active with the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

As a Boy Scout, Stephen participated in 141 different campouts, field trips, and service projects.  He camped 165 nights with the troop and accumulated 177 hiking and backpacking miles.  He earned 56 merit badges; far exceeding the minimum number of 21 required to become an Eagle.  He is also a BSA Lifeguard.

In addition to earning merit badges and demonstrating leadership skills, each Eagle candidate is also required to complete a significant community service project.

Stephen’s project involved teaching his fellow scouts to make sets of Rosary beads to send to military chaplains stationed overseas.

His initial project plan was to make and send 300 Rosaries, but he received so many requests that he and the team he assembled ended up making and shipping more than 5,000 Rosaries to military chaplains and Catholic missionaries on 7 continents.

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