When Aaron joined Troop Seventeen in September of 1991, it was his first involvement with Boy Scouting and he has proven to be a steady and active participant from the beginning. 

Aaron’s first leadership position was as the Assistant Patrol Leader of the Moose Patrol — moving up to Patrol Leader in December of 1993. During the twelve months he served as Patrol Leader, Aaron was organized, thorough and dedicated. This resulted in his patrol finishing as the Pathfinder District’s top patrol at the 1994 Spring Camporee. 

Since completing his responsibilities as Patrol Leader, Aaron served as Librarian, Scribe, and Quartermaster — a variety of positions where his skills were most needed at the time. He was subsequently appointed a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. 

Aaron also earned the Ner Tamid Award, Scouting’s religious recognition for Scouts of the Jewish faith — and in 1997, he spent the summer travelling throughout Israel. During that time, he lived on a kibbutz and hiked across the Negev Desert employing many of the skills he learned in Scouting. 

As a wrestler for Ladue High School, Aaron lettered all four of his high school years and developed into an outstanding competitor — demonstrating a great deal of self discipline and courage. This has resulted in Aaron being selected as the 1998 team captain. He also participated as a midfielder on offense for the Ladue Lacrosse team. 

Aaron’s Eagle service project, which involved the leadership of work in the Malcolm Terrace Park, was featured in a recent issue of the Creve Coeur News. 

Aaron has also done volunteer work for the Special Olympics assisting disabled participants. This is particularly noteworthy since there is no reward or recognition involved — just the satisfaction of giving and the spirit of service to others. 

Attending the troop’s annual summer camp the last seven years, Aaron has achieved Honor Camper status on several occasions. In 1994, in recognition of his camping and leadership abilities, Aaron was elected into the Order of the Arrow, the national society of Scout honor campers. 

Aaron is also a member of the Bakers, Troop Seventeen’s unique older boys organization. 

Aaron Kaufman —

Honor Camper… Order of the Arrow… Baker… Leader… Athlete… Community Volunteer… Eagle Scout