Lueken earns Eagle Scout

Dallas Lueken was presented Scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, on May 11 in a Court of Honor hosted by Scout Troop 182 in Kundek Hall of St. Joseph Parish Center in Jasper. He is the son of Chad and Yvonne Lueken of Jasper.

U.S. Senator Mike Braun, himself an Eagle Scout of Troop 182, presented Lueken an American flag which was flown over the nation’s capitol.

Eagle Court Chairman Dan Fritch presided as master of ceremonies. Eric Brenner, Blake Danzer and Abraham De La Cruz served as Color Guards. Father Jerry Pratt gave the invocation. Lueken’s cousin, Calvin Lueken of Midlothian, Texas, and his brother, Rockne Lueken, presented on the Scout Oath and Law. His uncle, Leon Lueken Jr., of Midlothian, Texas, and Chance Mehringer of Jasper served as Eagle Escorts. Board of Review members Steve Buechler, Tom Fierst and Jim Siebert gave testimony supporting certification of requirements. Fierst delivered the Eagle Charge. His sister, Chloe, and mother, Yvonne, read the Eagle Mom’s Poem. Father Ray Brenner offered the Benediction.    

The rank of Eagle Scout is Scouting’s highest rank a youth may earn, and must be earned before the Scout turns 18. To earn the rank, a Scout must, among other things, earn at least 21 merit badges, and plan and give leadership in a service project. Lueken earned 29 merit badges. His Eagle Scout service project was to improve and extend a nature trail to and around the children’s fishing pond at Patoka State Park. The project consisted of clearing trees and stumps, removing roots and stone obstacles, improving surface grade, replacing a foot bridge, installing steps and water bars, and laying and leveling gravel. The project included the raising of funds and in-kind donations from individuals and businesses. In addition, Lueken organized, coordinated and managed a volunteer workforce which logged well over 200 recorded service hours.

Lueken began his Scouting experience by joining Cub Scout Pack 182. During his years as a Cub Scout, Lueken earned the Arrow of Light and both religious emblems, Light of Christ and Par Vuli Dei. After completing Webelos II, he joined Boy Scout Troop 182 and became a member of the Ice Dragons Patrol. During his years as a Boy Scout, Lueken earned two more religious emblems, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII, and was inducted into the Order of St. Dominic Savio. He also completed the Brotherhood requirements for the Order of the Arrow. Lueken was able to hike with fellow scouts of Pack 182 four national parks, including Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Great Smoky Mountains. He has attended the National Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve, and will be attending the Northern Tier High Adventure Base this summer. 

Lueken is the fourth member of the Lueken family to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, joining his uncle, Leon Lueken, his cousin, Calvin Lueken, and his father, Chad Lueken, in that tradition. He is currently a senior in high school and plans to attend Vincennes University Jasper Campus next year.

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