Steven Murphy recently became an Eagle Scout, the highest advancement award presented by the Boy Scouts of America. He began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 131, later becoming a Boy Scout in Troop 33, DeKalb.
He has participated in many activities including camping, day trips, service projects and fundraisers. He attended summer camp for three years at Camp Lowden near Oregon, Ill.
Some of his larger Scouting trips in Wisconsin have included dog sled and snowmobile trips plus the AirVenture air show in Oshkosh.
Murphy traveled to Mississippi and Louisiana to donate his time and energy on two major mission trips with Troop 33 following Hurricane Katrina. Both trips involved working at a distribution center and dining tent in Pass Christian, Miss., and doing animal rescue work in New Orleans.
He also has traveled to New York, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Maine for Scouting activities.
To achieve the Eagle Scout Award, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges, serve in leadership positions, and complete a special Eagle service project, which involves a Scout planning, developing and providing leadership to benefit a school, church or community.
Murphy’s Eagle Project involved building a new habitat for an African Spurred Tortoise at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore. The tortoise had outgrown its original habitat and a newer larger habitat was crucial to continue the animal’s good health. The new habitat was double the size of the previous one creating a healthier habitat for a rare animal and a great observation area for museum visitors.
Murphy provided several years of leadership serving as Instructor, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. Murphy earned 25 merit badges
Steven is a senior at DeKalb High School.