Bryce Comer, son of Tom and Stephanie Comer of Malta, 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.
Comer began as a Cub Scout in Pack 123 at United Methodist Church in Malta where he earned the Arrow of Light Award. He joined Boy Scout Troop 33 in DeKalb in spring 2011. Years of adventure and challenging activities marked his journey toward Eagle.
Among his cold-weather adventures were Klondike Derbies, cabin campouts, snowmobiling, winter backpacking, snow biking, snow tubing and ice fishing, which took place in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Warm-weather adventures included summer camps at Camp Lowden near Oregon, Illinois. High adventures took him to many places, including hiking in Wyoming, backpacking in Colorado, winter backpacking with a minus 30-degree wind chill in Wisconsin, Boundary Waters canoe trip in Minnesota, canoeing across the Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana and backpacking two wilderness areas in Montana.
An important part of scouting includes community service. Comer has worked in numerous local service projects in the DeKalb area each year. Disaster relief work included helping at tornado sites in Oklahoma, plus Illinois tornadoes at Washington and Fairdale.
He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. Comer earned 32 merit badges, which distinguished his Eagle Award with Bronze and Gold Palms. Some of his leadership responsibilities included serving as patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and junior assistant Scoutmaster.
All Eagle Scouts plan, develop and give leadership to an Eagle Service Project. As a resident of Malta, Comer thought his local library would be an ideal place for his Eagle project. His project involved building three large shelving units, custom fitted to create an organized resource area for the library. He also constructed a display case using hardwood and special protective glass. His project was installed at the Malta Township Public Library, where it serves his community.
Comer is a 2018 graduate of DeKalb High School