Canisius High School juniors Joe Arno and Warren Arno, and Canisius High School senior Joseph McEachon will each be awarded the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America on Sunday, January 24, in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.
The ceremony is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great parish, 200 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville. Congressman Chris Collins will be the guest speaker.
Only six percent of all boys in scouting will achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and it's rare to have three boys from the same high school achieve the honor all at the same time.
To become an Eagle Scout, a scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges in fields including First Aid, Citizenship in the World, and Environmental Science. The scout must also plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project that benefits an organization other than the Boy Scouts.
For his Eagle Scout project, Joe Arno built and installed 15 bat houses that can accommodate up to 700 bats at Beeman Creek Park in the town of Clarence.
Joe Arno's twin brother Warren took on a project that involved cleaning, reorganizing, building and installing shelving in the rectory basement at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in Williamsville. The new shelving provides neat and accessible storage space for four priests.
McEachon also did his Eagle Scout project for St. Greg's. He designed and installed, complete with lighting and memorial plaques, outdoor Stations of the Cross at the St. Greg's grotto. All three boys attended St. Greg's grade school.