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Christian Phillips receives Eagle Scout award

MUNDELEIN — Christian M. Phillips, 15, of Mundelein recently earned the highest award available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. The Eagle Scout Badge is the seventh badge that can be earned by Boy Scouts after earning the Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life badges. Less than two boys out of 100 reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

Christian is the son of John and Kay Phillips of Mundelein. He is the grandson of Kenneth and Ruth Anne Phillips of Sheffield, and Norma Jean Hull and Les Millison of Gilmer, Texas.

Christian belongs to Troop 198 which was chartered in 1960 to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mundelein. His scoutmaster is David Bruecks.

During his scouting history, Christian has served as patrol leader, scribe, instructor and assistant senior patrol leader. He participated in a Padre Island trip, Makajawan Scout Reservation three consecutive years, was named Scout of the Year in 2011 and will attend the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia during the summer of 2013. He has earned 30 merit badges.

For his Eagle Scout project, Christian organized multiple acts for an age-appropriate musical program presented to the residents of Winchester House, a long-term care facility. With the assistance of 15 of his fellow scouts, more than 75 residents were transported from their rooms via wheelchairs in less than 45 minutes. After the musical show, the residents were returned to their rooms without incident.

Since his father John is also an Eagle Scout, Christian asked his dad to read the Eagle charge to him, an honor to both generations of Eagle Scouts. John chose not to read the standard charge, electing instead to compose one in his own words.

Attending the services were Christian’s brothers, 1st. Lt. Jordan A. Vanicek (live in full dress uniform) and William S. Phillips of Plano, Texas, via videoconference, his parents and his grandparents, Ken and Ruth Anne Phillips. In addition, Denise Wheeler, committee chairperson, Pastor Mark Selbo, scout leaders David Bruecks and Rick Nation, Terry and Cris VanderMeersch of Dundee, and members of Scout Troup 198 were guests at the services and the catered dinner which followed. A centerpiece cake featuring a replica of the Eagle Scout badge was baked and decorated by his grandmother.

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