On Feb. 18, Ben Lucal of Troop 269 was honored during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Church in Aurora.

The rank of Eagle is the highest rank a boy can achieve in Boys Scouts. Boys must complete 21 merit badges, including 13 that are required. They must be active in a troop and take leadership roles, and must plan, develop and execute service projects that benefits an organization other than Boy Scouts.

During the ceremony, Lucal was presented with the Eagle Award, including a patch, medal and special neckerchief. He also received a U.S flag that was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Rep. David Joyce.

The new Eagle Scout presented his mother June with an mother's pin for her dedication and support throughout his Scouting career. He also gave his father James, who is Scoutmaster of Troop 269, a father's pin.

He then recognized two gentlemen who provided guidance and inspiration -- Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster Ed Kubek and Assistant Scoutmaster Craig Williamson.

Aurora Mayor Ann Womer-Benjamin recognized Lucal with a proclamation. She thanked him for his commitment to the city, in particular the Aurora parks. To complete his Eagle project, Lucal designed and supervised the construction of a kiosk and bench at Spring Hill Farm on East Pioneer Trail.

"The new kiosk is great. The craftsmanship and installation are both excellent," said Parks-Rec Director Jim Kraus. "The idea of combining an informational kiosk with sitting benches provides park patrons two much-needed amenities. This project provides a great step in continuing to develop the park for our residents."

Lucal is a junior at Aurora High and is active in marching band. He attends the Church in Aurora.

Troop 269 meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. To learn more about Boy Scouts and the commitment Troop 269 has to the community, visit www.troop269.org or contact James Lucal at 330-998-1375.

Troop 269 welcomes boys who are 11 years old or have completed the fifth grade to visit a meeting and learn more about its activities.