Parker Kantos, age 16 and a member of Boy Scout Troop 634, was awarded the Boy Scout of America’s highest award, the rank of Eagle Scout.
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held in his honor Sunday, Nov. 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Waupaca. Members of the troop, plus Scoutmaster Julie Johnston, participated in the ceremony.
Master of Ceremony was his brother, Eagle Scout Cole Kantos. “Scouting’s Bottom Line”, was read by his godfather, Alan Siirila. The Eagle Charge and Pledge were given by Eagle Scouts Dean Sondral and Ryan Johnston, and the invocation and benediction was given by Pastor Andy Behrendt.
Eagle Scout Chris Gans of Masonic Lodge 123 presented the Roy Holly Sr. Memorial Eagle Scout Commemorative Award from the Waupaca Lodge. The ceremony included a special presentation and recognition by state Rep. Kevin Petersen.
Special guests were grandparents, Nick and Sharen Kantos, International Falls, Minn., Jill Kantos, Minneapolis, and the Siirila family of Fargo, N.D.
Highlights of Parker’s journey to Eagle Scout include more than 104 community service hours, 30 merit badges and 88 nights of camping, as well as a backpacking trek to Isle Royale.
Kantos received the National Honor Patrol Award twice, attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) in 2008 and served on NYLT staff the past two summers. He has served in various troop leadership positions including chaplain aide, troop guide, patrol leader and senior patrol leader.
The service project completed under Parker’s leadership included 160 service hours and consisted of building two indoor rehabilitation cages and a medical treatment table for the Wind River Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.