Evan joined Troop 17 March 1n 2010 just a few months before his 15th birthday. He was a very active scout since he joined and has rocketed to his Eagle Scout award in near record time.

Evan earned his First Class in less than a year, a faster pace than most scouts and then he completed his Star and Life ranks a little over a year later. Evan finished his Eagle this last June while earning 26 merit badges – substantially more than the 21 required for Eagle.

Evan’s leadership positions have included six months as a Patrol Leader and 18 months as an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He was elected by his fellow scouts to the Order of the Arrow, scouting organization for scout honor campers. Subsequently he has earned higher recognition by achieving the Order’s Brotherhood honors. Evan has also been active in the Pathfinder District’s OA Chapter. Evan also earned the Attendance and Honor Patrol ribbons and wears the Troop 17 Leadership Cocade, emblematic of his leadership contributions to the troop.

Evan has 39 nights camping with the troop, attended three long term summer camps and in 2012 took a 63 mile backpacking trip with the troop at Philmont Scout Ranch – scouting’s high adventure ranch in the mountains of northeast New Mexico.

Evan participated in track and field at Ladue Horton Watkins High School for two years, lettering in 2012. He was a member of Ladue’s Track and Field All Academic Team, with a cumulative 3.34 GPA. He was also a member of the wrestling team. Evan was active with Ladue’s theater program, working on set building through the Tech Theater program. In 2012 he performed in his school play, 12 Angry Men.

Evan was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a community service organization. where he held the rank of Cadet Staff Sergeant. His duties included drill instruction and disaster preparation drills. While a member, he learned about aeronautics, and actually was able to fly a plane.

Evan’s Eagle project consisted of letters and care packages to our troops in Afghanistan. He led an effort to collect T-shirts, hand warmers, baby wipes, and socks and also went to St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Clayton where he asked each grade to write letters to our troops. Evan collected over 300 letters that were sent along with the care packages.

His interests include the environment and environmental studies. He plans to join the Air Force Reserve Officers Training, specializing in paratroop activities.

Evan Richards —

Honor Patrol… Order of the Arrow… Outdoorsman… Community Volunteer.. Scholar… Athlete… Eagle Scout