Following in the footsteps of his older brother and two cousins – all Eagle Scouts, Brink joined Troop Seventeen in February of 2006. But despite his family legacy, Brink has carved out a successful scouting career of his own.
Brink joined Troop Seventeen from Pack 859 at Kirk Day School where he achieved his Arrow of Light. His first leadership position was as a Den Chief for Pack 321 at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church.
Then, after serving almost a year as the Assistant Patrol Leader, Brink became Patrol Leader of the Eagle Patrol. While a Patrol Leader, Brink received honor patrol recognition while leading his patrol to the first place finish at the 2009 Pathfinder District Camporee – besting dozens of patrols from other troops.
After his patrol leadership, Brink’s next responsibilities had him serving as a Troop Quartermaster and then as the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for a year before taking over as Seventeen’s Senior Patrol Leader·- the troop’s highest youth leadership position. He served in that position for a year and a half and two summer camps. Brink then went on to serve as a Junior Assistant Scoutrnaster.
Brink has also completed the St Louis Area Council’s National Youth Leadership training course.
In recognition of his camping and leadership skills, Brink was elected by his fellow scouts in 2008 to the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s national society for scout honor campers. He has since gone on to achieve Brotherhood honor — the second highest level in the Order of the Arrow.
In recognition of his energy, his commitment, his enthusiasm, his service, and his accomplishments, Brink was selected as Troop Seventeen’s 2009 Scout of the Year.
Brink has also been an active participant in the troop’s outdoor program including campouts, camporees, hikes, and seven years at summer camp — every year he has been in the troop — many as an honor camper. In 2010, Brink was part of Troop Seventeen’s contingent to Philmont — BSA’s national high-adventure camp in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. On that trek he served as the trek leader.
Brink has earned 27 merit badges – substantially more than the 21 required for Eagle – and his list of optional merit badges reflects a variety of interests such as Wood Carving, Leatherwork, Horsemanship, Archery, Motor Boating, and Indian Lore.
For his Eagle service project, Brink enlisted numerous scouts and others to build four carnival games for the Sunshine Ministries summer camp, using a farm theme.
As a senior at Westminster Christian Academy, Brink was an “A” student with a cumulative 3.62 GPA, multiple honor roll semesters, and an elected member of the National Honor Society. He was also selected by teachers and coaches as a junior and again as a senior for their Summer Seminars where he hiked the Shenandoah National Park, white water rafted the New River Gorge, done primitive hiking for several days through the Badlands National Park, biked the 109 miles on the Mickelson Trail, and kayaked the Cheyenne River. As a part of the program, he has been to West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland to study Civil War leaders.
Brink has played football from the 7th grade through his senior year, earning varsity letters as a sophomore, junior, & senior. A “2-way player” (actually 3-way), he plays on the offensive line, linebacker on defense, and on special teams. Brink bas been recognized as a second team all-conference offensive lineman. Brink has also wrestled seventh grade through his senior year, earning two varsity letters. He took third place in districts this year qualifying him for the State Wrestling Championship tournament at 170 lbs.
Brink volunteered for his Westminster “Faith in Action” senior service at Covenant Christian School serving two hours a week working with students and supporting teachers.
Brink was an active member of his church and a member of the church’s youth group.
Brink plans to study Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana and play Division 3 football as a “Fightin’ Engineer”.
Brink Thompson —
Honor camper… Order of the Arrow… Scholar… Athlete… Community Volunteer… Scout of the Year… Eagle Scout
TROOP SEVENTEEN IS MIGHTY PROUD OF BRINK THOMPSON