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Boy Scout Troop 79 of St. Joseph/Ogden presented the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Scout can receive to Daniel Schuele. Dan is the son of Alan and Amy Schuele of St. Joseph.
The court of honor was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Urbana on November 24th. at 1 p.m. Members of Troop 79 organized a very memorable ceremony. Dylan Place, a Troop 79 Eagle Scout was the Master of Ceremonies for the program.
Dan began his Scouting in 2002, in Cub Scout Pack 40 where he started as a Tiger Cub and continued through Webelos.
After earning the Arrow of Light award he joined Troop 40 and after earning his First Class Rank joined Troop 79. During his journey to Eagle Scout he was in many parades, participated in several service projects, and was at most of Troop 79’s outings. Dan spent a year in summer camp at Ransburg Scout Reservation with the Troop where he earned several of his merit badges and the coveted camp rank of Firecrafter.
Daniel completed his Eagle Scout Service Project in January of 2012. His project was a complete renovation of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church basement where he cleaned, painted walls and replaced the trim in all rooms. That including two restrooms where he had to replace all the fixtures. He guided fellow Scouts, friends and family how he wanted all the work done. His project took over 400 hours.
At the ceremony inspirational letters were read recognizing Daniel for his efforts, the first was from The Chancellor of Southern Illinois University, the second was from Commander of the United States Coast Guard. Then Eagle Scout Jim Acklin, Superintendent of St. Joseph-Ogden High School read a letter of inspiration to Dan. Tim Johnson also sent Dan a certificate from the Congress of the United States. All the letters advised Daniel that as an Eagle Scout much was now expected. Through the efforts of Tim Johnson, Dan also received a flag that was flown over the Capitol of the United States.
Daniel is now Junior Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 79, a member of the church’s youth group and has worked at Camp Drake for the last three summers. He is a junior at St. Joseph-Ogden High School and upon graduation plans to attend college and major in marketing.