Boy Scout Troop 50, based at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Deerfield, has received the highest award given from the Boy Scouts of America on scouting’s Journey to Excellence.
The troop has achieved the Gold Level Award in recognition of its outstanding leadership, high level of scout participation and retention, parent involvement, and commitment to the standards and ideals of scouting. This award demonstrates outstanding quality and success for a troop, and it is given to only a small fraction of Boy Scout troops nationally each year.
Boy Scout Troop 50 was founded in 1957, and has produced 103 Eagle Scouts, over 10 percent of the troop’s total membership, in its 56 years. Eagle Scout is the highest individual rank achievable by a scout and is achieved by only 2 percent of scouts nationally.
With 39 current active scouts, Troop 50 is the largest Boy Scout Troop in Deerfield. Troop 50 includes first to fifth grade boys from Wilmot, South Park and Bannockburn Elementary Schools in Deerfield, Bannockburn and Riverwoods.
Troop 50 is committed to the Boy Scout ideals of building character, training in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and developing a commitment to personal fitness. The Gold Level Award on the Journey to Excellence is a salute to Troop 50 for their superior commitment to scouting.
Submitted by Boy Scout Troop 50