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Brother Aiden Keegan, grandfather Raymond Keegan and Ian Keegan



Homeschooler Earns Eagle Award



Ian Stephen Keegan, of Rapid City, South Dakota, received the highest award achievable by young men in Boy Scouts, the Eagle Award. To earn this award Ian had to complete a minimum of 21 merit badges, hold positions of leadership in his troop and complete a major community service project.

Ianís project was done for the Black Hills National Forest and consisted of designing and building four portable ďArcheological Dig Boxes,Ē wooden boxes with liners that can be easily set up and filled with artificial dirt and artifacts for people to unearth. The Dig Boxes are intended for local schools and organizations to borrow and come with curriculum materials developed by Dave McKee, Forest Archeologist. During the building of the project, Ian demonstrated leadership by supervising other scouts as they helped with his project. The idea for the project came out of Ian spending a week on a Forest Service sponsored archeological dig at Williamís Spring in Wyoming, supervised by Dave McKee, during the summer of 2004.

As a member of Troop 55 for almost seven years, Ian held the following positions in his troop: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Librarian, Chaplain, and Scribe. He completed 33 merit badges, 12 more than required for Eagle.

His scouting career also included hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, sailing out of the Scout Sea Base in Florida and attending the National Jamboree.

In addition he worked at the local scout camp, Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch, two summers ago. He continues to be a part of Troop 55 as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Troop 55 is chartered (sponsored) by the Rapid City Kiwanis and Westside Baptist Church.

Ian, 18, is a Stevenís High School/home school senior.  He received his award in a special ceremony held on Saturday, December 30th at Westside Baptist Church on Sheridan Lake Road in Rapid City. Helping to present the award was his grandfather, Raymond Keegan, who also received the Eagle award.

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