Troop 662 member earns rank of Eagle

Lucas Miller, 16, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Gravois Trail District of the Greater St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Lucas is a member of Boy Scout Troop 662, which is chartered with the Queen of All Saints Knights of Columbus. During his Eagle Court of Honor at the Queen of All Saints Church hall, he was presented with a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives by Rep. Sue Schoemehl of Oakville.

Lucas’ Eagle project was to erect three landscape block walls — including one 50-foot-long wall — by the QAS concession stand for the Activities Association to curb erosion and add to the aesthetics.

He was honored last month during a reception at the St. Louis University High School auditorium along with other Eagle Scouts. Lucas was among 609 Boy Scouts who earned their Eagle rank in 2005, more than any year in the council’s history.

He has earned 27 Boy Scout merit badges, one Bronze Eagle Palm and is working toward his Gold and Silver Eagle Palms. Lucas has attained brotherhood in the Order or the Arrow and is involved in the leadership in the Order. His leadership positions include historian, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and two years as a Den Chief. He also has earned the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards. The Pope Pius XII Award is the highest Cath-olic religious award that can be earned in Boy Scouts.

Lucas has attended five summer camps and has completed four one-mile swims — one was pre-empted because of lightning.

This past summer he made his first venture to the Philmont High Adventure Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico, hiking more than 70 miles in 10 days.

He has contributed numerous hours helping his fellow Boy Scouts on their Eagle projects and has volunteered his service time for Scouting for Food, preparing for adult retreats, Knights of Columbus fish fries, and working the soup kitchen at St. Peter & Paul.

Lucas is a sophomore at Oakville Senior High School where he has played football and wrestled for both of his years, while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.

When he graduates, he plans to attend college with an interest in astronomy.