Aidan Witthoff, son of Ana and Russell Witthoff, received the Eagle Scout Award as a member of Boy Scout Troop 33, sponsored by the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. The Eagle Scout award is scouting’s highest honor.
Witthoff began as a Cub Scout in Pack 173 at St. Mary School in DeKalb where he earned the Arrow of Light Award.
He joined Boy Scout Troop 33 in DeKalb in spring 2011. Years of adventure with challenging activities marked his journey toward Eagle.
Some cold weather adventures included Klondike Derbies, cabin campouts, snowmobiling and snow tubing. He especially enjoyed ice fishing in Wisconsin, catching Northern Pike for the troop’s fish fry.
He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. He earned the Complete Angler’s Recognition and the World Conservation Award. Witthoff earned 36 merit badges distinguishing his Eagle Award with the Bronze, Gold and Silver Palms. Some of his leadership responsibilities in Troop 33 have included serving as assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster.
Witthoff attended summer camps at Camp Lowden near Oregon, Illinois. Exciting high adventures have taken him to many places including: hiking in Wyoming, backpacking in Colorado, National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, Boundary Waters canoe trip in Minnesota, canoeing across the Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana, and backpacking wilderness areas in Montana.
An important part of Scouting includes community service. Witthoff worked in numerous local service projects in the DeKalb area each year. Disaster relief included helping at the Washington and Fairdale tornadoes.
Earning the Eagle Scout award includes planning, developing and giving leadership to an Eagle Service Project. Witthoff’s project involved constructing handicapped railings for a 54-foot pedestrian bridge at the Prairie at Walnut Grove near Kirkland. The reconstructed bridge provides people with disabilities a safe way to cross a creek and enjoy the park.
Witthoff is a senior attending Aurora Central Catholic High School.