Two receive Eagle Scout awards

Kristof Lile, left, and Shane Purnell both achieved Eagle Scout status, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America.

Kristof Lile of White Plains and Shane Purnell of Waldorf, members of Boy Scout Troop 1321, have both earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank Boy Scouts of America offers.

The scouts were recognized in a Court of Honor ceremony led by Scoutmaster LeRoy Strong on June 2 at the Melwood Recreation Center in Nanjemoy.

To achieve the Eagle Award, each candidate must advance through five ranks, earn at least 21 merit badges, which signify a scout’s knowledge and skills in particular areas, demonstrate leadership, be an active member, plan and execute a community service project and participate in a Board of Review.

The scouts both chose to do their Eagle Scout Project to benefit Melwood Recreation Center. Lile improved their hiking trails and created a map of the trails, while Purnell constructed a storage shed for the center’s summer camp supplies.

Both scouts attend North Point High School in Waldorf and are currently in 11th grade. After graduating high school next year, they both plan on continuing their education by attending college.