Boy Scout Troop 269 recently honored its 23rd Eagle Scout -- Mario Cribari -- during a court of honor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The rank of Eagle is the highest rank a boy can achieve in Scouts. n order for a boy to achieve the rank, he must complete 21 merit badges, including 13 that are required. He must be active in his troop and take a leadership role.

He also must plan, develop and execute a service project that benefits an organization other than Boy Scouts.

The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry and community service.

The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so.

During the ceremony, Troop 269 Scoutmaster Dave Stafford presented Cribari with the Eagle Award, including a patch, medal and special neckerchief. Cribari also was presented with a U.S flag that was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of U.S. Rep. David Joyce.

The new Eagle Scout presented his mother with an Eagle Scout mothers' pin for her dedication and support throughout his scouting career. Cribari then recognized Randy Ellis with a special mentors pin in honor of the guidance and inspiration provided on the trail to Eagle.

In order to complete the requirement for a service project, Mario wanted to do something for Our Lady of Perpetual Help church since it is the charter organization for Troop 269 and has supported the troop throughout his time in Boy Scouts.

AFTER meeting with the Rev. James Daprile, Cribari decided to work on putting in a path to the new pavilion built recently as part of another Eagle project.

Working with Daprile, adult Scout leaders and other church leaders, Cribari planned to clear the path of debris and brush making it easier for people to enjoy the pavilion. Additionally, he installed a stone floor in the pavilion.

He led a team of more than 20 volunteers who donated about 200 man hours to clear the site and complete the project. He worked to organize Scouts, leaders and other adults and learned the importance of working with others to make the job easier.

"On the path to Eagle Scout, I learned the importance of commitment and dependability, preparing me for the future." Cribari said.

"Mario did a terrific job on this Eagle project and I am sure that the parishioners will enjoy using this new area for years to come," said Daprile.

Cribari is the son of Mario and Jaimie Cribari of Aurora and will graduate this month fourth in his class at Aurora High School. In addition to being an active leader in Troop 269, he is a member of the International Club, Quiz Bowl and Academic Challenge team.

Additionally, he gives of himself by volunteering at Ahuja Medical Center and has an internship at University Hospitals' main campus. He plans to major in chemistry/pre-medicine at Xavier University in Cincinnati starting in the fall.

Troop 269 meets Thursday evenings at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. To learn more about Boy Scouts and Troop 269, visit or call Stafford at 330-995-0277. Troop 269 welcomes boys who are 11 years old or have completed fifth grade.