Culver’s scouting program has always had an international flavor since scouting founder Sir Robert Baden Powell traveled from England to help develop the Woodcraft program in 1912. That tradition continued on Saturday when the Eagle Scout Court of Honor convened to honor two members of Culver’s Troop 261.
Joseph Durkin ’19 (Elmhurst, Ill.) and Liam Shi ’22 (Palo Alto, Calif.) were honored for achieving the highest rank available in the Boy Scouts of America. Durkin met his Eagle Scout requirements on Oct. 25, 2018, and Shi finished his requirements on March 20, 2019. Durkin’s project was developing a geocaching course in Woodcraft Camp. Shi spent 120 hours renovating and expanding a playground for an orphanage in his homeland China.
Anh Dao ’22 (Lumberton, Texas) was recognized as a First Class Scout and Samuel Durkin ’20 (Joe’s younger brother) was recognized as a Star Scout.
Paul Espito, the scoutmaster of Durkin’s home troop, told those attending the ceremony that a scout’s job is to “live his life to be a hero.” But the heroic actions are to “serve other people, befriend the lonely, and care enough to help them.” By doing that, he said, people will recognize you as a hero.
He added that Troop 261 is “a very special troop. You come from all over the world to join this troop.”
There are 23 members in Troop 261. Scoutmaster Mary Szymusiak said scouting is what brings this international group together.