A legacy in Boy Scouting that dates back more than 60 years came full circle on Saturday with the third generation of one family earning his Eagle Scout rank.
Joseph Sioui, 16, of Arlington Heights received his award at a court of honor ceremony held by Troop 32 at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights. His achievement brings the number to 109 Eagles for this troop, which is sponsored by the Men’s Club and will celebrate its 75th anniversary next month.
On hand for the celebration was Joseph’s father, Dan Sioui, Scoutmaster, who earned his Eagle award in 1983, and his grandfather Richard, who earned the rank in 1955.
“My father and grandfather inspired me,” says Joseph, who will be a junior at Rolling Meadows High School. “It’s a long road and a lot of hard work, but I’m starting to realize, ‘Wow, I’m here.'”
Dan Sioui grew up in Holden, Massachusetts, where his father was the assistant Scoutmaster and committee chairman of his troop. Some of his favorite memories of Scouting were the many camping trips the troop made in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine that included backpacking on cross-country skis and canoeing down the Sacco River.
His son echoes those same sentiments. When asked about his favorite part of Scouting, he answers without hesitation: camping, especially the High Adventure trips to the Boundary Waters located within the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota.
“The obstacles are bigger,” Joseph says. “You’re surrounded by wilderness in the middle of the forest and you have to do everything for yourself. But it’s so rewarding when you’re done.”
Kind of like earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Just advancing through the required ranks of Boy Scouts takes years, and Scouts need to earn a minimum of 21 required merit badges — all before planning and executing an Eagle Scout project.
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