ALTON - John Riley Feld, 17, is the newest Scout to reach the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 102 of the Boy Scouts of America representing Alton and the surrounding area. John is one of just four Scouts locally to achieve this rank in Troop 102's recent history. Troop 102 is in the Osage Hills District which covers many of the counties surrounding Oregon County in southern Missouri.
A court of honor was held at the First Baptist Church in Alton Feb. 23, which was attended by approximately 100 people including officers from the Osage Hills District. Several speakers recounted some of the experiences with John during his six-year quest for Eagle Scout. Highlights of the ceremony included the presentation of the U.S. and troop colors, a candlelight ceremony detailing the 12 points of the Scout Law, given by Troop 102, the presentation of the Eagle award and a buffet supper.
In addition to the many merit badge requirements, each candidate for Eagle Scout must complete a project which will benefit the community. John chose to design, plan and direct the construction of a large bandstand/stage at the Lion's City Park in Alton. Local residents will continue to enjoy the community project constructed in the summer of 2000 for many years to come.
John has also begun training which will prepare him for a leadership position in the Boy Scouts of America upon reaching adult status. He currently holds the position of junior assistant Scoutmaster in his troop and plans to remain in the Scouting program as an assistant scoutmaster, helping all those who gave their time and efforts to help him achieve his Eagle Scout rank.