MORRIS – Logan Rund has been a Scout since first grade, first as a Cub Scout, later as a Boy Scout, and in December, the 18-year-old, became an Eagle Scout.
“A friend was in Scouting so I wanted to join, it was fun so I stayed with it,” said Rund, now a senior at Morris Community High School.
He didn’t set out with intentions to become an Eagle Scout, but the idea grew on him as he got older while in Troop 469 of Morris.
“I was 15 or 16 and I realized I was over the hill and closer to the end than the beginning, that becoming an Eagle Scout was possible,” Rund said.
On March 16 an Eagle Scout ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church in Morris for Rund. The rank of Eagle was presented to him by his Scoutmasters, Darrell Gay and Stan Motter.
There are about 325 requirements a Boy Scout must accomplish to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, many of which are encompassed in 12 required merit badges and minimum of nine elective merit badges, according to a news release from the Rund family. The required badges are in such areas as citizenship, finances, communications, fitness, camping, first aid and emergency preparedness. Rund’s elective badges include public speaking, electricity, astronomy, leatherworks, bird study, climbing, canoeing and fishing.
A Scout also must spend a minimum of 20 nights camping in different types of camping conditions.
His mother, Penny, said it wasn’t earning the badges that held his interest, but instead the time spent camping and and doing things in the outdoors.
Even though he wasn’t into earning the badges, Rund had to complete 21 before he could fill out the paperwork to become an Eagle Scout. He completed his 21st and 22nd last summer.
“The electricity merit badge was the most fun,” he said. “We made a spinning wheel from a battery.”
Penny said her son has always liked the outdoors, noting that when he was little he would go fishing with his grandfather.
His love of outdoors and fishing is what led him to his large community service project, a requirement to become an Eagle Scout.
“I’ve always been involved in fishing,” he said. “I leaned toward that when finding a service project, and I went for it.”
Rund built 30 artificial fish habitats to place in Lake Chaminwood in Channahon, an old strip mine lake in the Lake Chaminwood Preserve owned by the Forest Preserve District of Will County.
Rund used three pallets and about five to six cinder blocks to create each artificial fish habitat.
“There is not much structure in the lake,” he said. “The habitat will provide cover for small fish.”
He said it also will benefit the different sizes and stages of fish, which include bass, crappie and catfish.
The structures are maintenance-free once placed, but will decompose over time.
“I made them from strong wood so they’ll last a while,” he said.
Once he got the 30 structures built, he had to figure out how to get them out into the lake.
He arranged to borrow a neighbor’s flat bottom boat which would better maneuver the lake and set about devising his plan.
“We used a sheet of plywood on the front of the boat and set the habitats on it,” he said. “We tipped the plywood up and let it slide into the water.”
They repeated this process for each one of the 30 structures.
The project was complete last April and was held up at one point because of rain and flooding.
“I think he’s learned great leadership skills that showed during this project,” Penny said. “Some of it is innate, he’s a natural leader.”
He said his leadership skills have grown with his roles as both an assistant patrol leader and as a senior patrol leader.
Leadership skills are just some of what he has learned in his years as a scout.
“I think it’s made me more adaptable to the real world,” he said.
He said he started because it sounded like it would be fun, and he continued to go because of the fun and the challenge.
“If it wasn’t fun, if I didn’t enjoy it, I never would have finished it,” he said.