Caeden Keith, son of Mason and Tara Keith, received the Eagle Scout Award, Scouting’s highest honor.
Keith’s introduction to Scouting began in first grade as a Tiger Cub with Cub Scout Pack 134 in Cortland.
He earned the Arrow of Light Award, later graduating into the Boy Scout program.
Joining Boy Scout Troop 33, sponsored by the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, many years of adventure marked his journey toward Eagle.
Winter included exciting cold weather adventures such as Klondike Derbies, cabin campouts, sledding, snow tubing and more. Advanced winter camping included winter survival training, snow hiking, cross country skiing, and building winter shelters, highlighted by sleeping outdoors in subzero temperature.
Ice fishing in Wisconsin included catching Northern Pike for the troop’s giant fish fries at night. Snowmobiles trips included 100-mile and 200-mile snowmobile adventures through the north woods of Wisconsin and Michigan.
At Camp Lowden near Oregon, Illinois, he enjoyed several weeklong summer camp adventures filled with fun and opportunity.
A highlight high adventure trip involved canoeing 61 miles across the Aftachalaya Swamp in Louisiana.
Deep in Cajun country, adventure included camping in jungle hammocks, a houseboat, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, a blow gun tournament, air boat ride, swamp fishing, giant Cypress trees, plus snakes and alligators.
Keith considered community service as an important part of his Scouting experience. Keith took part in helping at both local and national service project locations.
His disaster relief projects with Troop 33 took him far and wide working at: Harrisburg tornado in southern Illinois, Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, Moore tornado disasters in Oklahoma, Washington tornado in central Illinois and the local Fairdale tornado. Most recently he worked helping Hurricane Matthew victims in North Carolina.
Earning the Eagle includes planning, developing, and giving leadership to an Eagle Service Project. Keith’s Eagle Service Project involved removing and constructing a new cart bridge for Sycamore Community Golf Course. The project involved several steps before completion and involved a large work crew. The new bridge provides golfers, carts and mowers a convenient and safe way to cross a creek, thanks to his efforts.
Keith holds membership in the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society. His leadership in Troop 33 included serving as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, quartermaster and Order of the Arrow representative.
Keith is a junior at DeKalb High School.