WATSONTOWN - Ryan Kilgus, a sophomore at Warrior Run High School, Turbotville, has earned Scouting's highest rank, the Eagle Scout Award.
Family, friends and members of Boy Scout Troop 622 gathered at Zion Lutheran Church on July 15 for an Eagle Court of Honor where Kilgus was formally awarded the rank.
State Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver and Martha Milbrand, legislative assistant to Sen. John Gordner, presented Kilgus with a citation and spoke about his service to the community. His District Eagle Board of Review was conducted May 9.
Kilgus joined Scouting in first grade with Pack 3622 of Turbotville. He earned his Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I and Webelos II badges. After earning the Arrow of Light, Cub Scout's Highest Award, Kilgus crossed into Boy Scouts, Troop 622, Turbotville. He has served as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He is the Quartermaster of Troop 622.
As a Boy Scout, Kilgus earned his Order of the Arrow in 2010 and later attained Brotherhood membership. He has attended Camp Karoondinha and has competed twice at West Point Military Academy. Starting in 2010, Kilgus has participated in three 50-mile kayak trips. The troop has kayaked on the Susquehanna River, Penns Creek and Pine Creek. He enjoys hiking and camping. Kilgus has earned 26 merit badges to date.
For his Eagle Scout project, Kilgus cleared a trail at PPL Montour Preserve and implemented a beginner orienteering course. After the orienteering course was implemented, Kilgus worked with Jon Beam, naturalist at Montour Preserve, to create a brochure that would introduce visitors to the sport of orienteering. A total of 12 volunteers provided 133 hours of work on the project.
He is the son of Kevin and Vickie Kilgus, Watsontown.