PRINCETON — Aaron Ray, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1068 in Princeton, recently earned his Eagle Scout award and was honored at the W. D. Boyce Council Eagle Scout Alumni Recognition Banquet in East Peoria. Eagle Scout is the highest Boy Scout rank, achieved by only about 1 percent of the scouting membership.
Ray’s Eagle Scout project was signage and landscaping improvements to the north exterior wall of Cushing Hall at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton. The project included block lettering and the cross and flame logo of the Methodist Church. The landscaping included installation of a new block wall and new plants.
The Princeton High School senior planned and organized the project, met with the contractors, provided labor, and raised more than $6,000 to complete the project.
Pastor Tom Ostrander stated, “Aaron’s Eagle Scout Project is a blessing to our church family and an esthetic addition to our neighborhood. His vision of incorporating the United Methodist logo, our church name, and appropriate landscaping, has made a beautiful statement on the north side of our building.”
His dedication in raising the funds, organizing the labor, and completing the task is a statement about why he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
“We are very proud of Aaron’s efforts for his and our church family,” said Ostrander.