They’re a hearty bunch these Boy Scouts of America Troop 187, based in Breckenridge.
Founded in 1985, this troop camps out every month of the year except in December when they sell Christmas trees.
”If you like to ski, hike, bike or camp ... then come check us out,” touts the troop.
On Monday, in Oh Be Joyful Lodge at the Breckenridge Nordic Center, the troop, led by Scoutmasters Art and Pam Albin, acknowledged another member who achieved the highest rank in the international organization — Eagle Scout.
Art holds the Eagle ranking.
In a Court of Honor, Summit High senior Dominick DiLallo, 17, son of Kim Dykstra-DiLallo and Tony DiLallo, was presented with his Eagle Scout award.
Acknowledging that only “four of the 100 (Scouts) will reach the rank of Eagle, at least one will later say that he values his Eagle badge above his college degree,” Troop leader Ed Martin told those assembled.
“And so tonight, we pause to rest and celebrate and honor this fine young man, Eagle Scout Dominick DiLallo, as he stands at the top of the world and looks around him,” Ed added.
Dominick’s ceremonial honor guard was composed of two Eagle Scouts: his cousin Kyle Dykstra of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Cole Currier. Dominick and Cole have been scouting together since the fourth grade.
Troop Merit Badge Counselor Chris John explained that “becoming an Eagle Scout is not the end of a journey; it is merely the beginning.”
To obtain the rank of Eagle, candidates must determine and complete a community project. Dominick did trail work and restoration on Iowa Hill, which was collaboration between the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and the town of Breckenridge Open Space and Trails Division.
Helping to mark the occasion were uncle Davie Dykstra from Iowa; Carol and Glenn Brickley (great aunt and great uncle) from Greeley; and Jody Strauch and Steen Lundberg and family came from Lincoln, Neb. Up from Denver were Ed Martin, one of Dominick’s scoutmasters and himself an Eagle Scout, and Susie Hessel-Nelson and family from Littleton.
Fellow Eagle Scouts included locals CJ Mueller, Mike Hessel, Nick Payne, Lee Edwards, Cody Cirillo, and T.A. Rosco from Troop 188.
Also present from Troop 187 were Pam Albin, Jack and Wendy Wolfe, Julie Acosta, Bobby and Carol Craig, Wanda Creen, Diane and Steve Currier, Lori Kaczka, Ingemar Losch, Michelle Klaas, Jen Gallagher, Katherine Schultz, Tim Reid, and Ev Thomas, who presented Dominick with an Eagle Scout medal from 1943 from one of his Army commanders.
In another portion of the night’s program, Cole Currier, son of Diane and Steve Currier, received the Silver Eagle Palm, which represents earning 15 merit badges above the Eagle rank.
Few Eagle Scouts go on to earn palms, which are awards not ranks. Previously, Cole earned bronze and gold palms, putting him among the elite in scouting.
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Summit High School senior Dominick DiLallo received his Eagle Scout award.