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Runkel makes Eagle Scout

Travis Runkel, 17, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded in the Boy Scouts of America and will be recognized in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Peace, 45 Century Avenue S., Maplewood.

The public is invited to attend.

Runkel, the son of Gregg and Sheri Runkel of Woodbury, is a junior at Woodbury High School.

He started in Scouting as a Tiger Cub Scout in Pack 513 at Woodbury Baptist Church when he was six years old and announced to his parents that he was going to be an Eagle Scout.

Beginning his seventh year as a member of Boy Scout Troop 60, chartered by Lutheran Church of Peace, he is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has earned 31 merit badges.

One of the goals of Scouting is to gain leadership experience and to that end Runkel has served in several leadership positions including senior patrol leader, troop guide, patrol leader, attended the Silver Pathfinder (now Gray Wolf) youth leadership training, and at present is junior assistant scoutmaster.

Scouts are required to lead a service project to attain the Eagle rank.

His project was planning and leading 14 youth and adults in building a split rail fence along the driveway of the Disabled Veteran's Rest Camp of Minnesota, Marine On St. Croix.

Runkel was also a participant in Arrowcorps5, a national service project where 5,000 scouts performed service work in five national parks and spent a week with more than 1,000 scouts at the Bridger Teton National Forest in Wyoming removing miles of fencing, clearing trails and more.

He will continue involvement with his troop but will also spend 12 days backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico next year.

Cub Scouts may also see him (a.k.a. "Slim") again this summer at the Kiwanis Scout Camp where he is a program specialist.