Pitman High School student Ryan Burns, 17, of Turlock Boy Scout Troop 451 has earned his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.
He was honored at an Eagle Scout court of honor in April at the First United Methodist Church in Turlock after completing the requirements to earn the rank in December.
Ryan has been in Scouting for 11 years. He began in 2002 as a Tiger Cub with Pack 451 and completed all his Cub ranks, receiving his Arrow of Light award in 2007. He then joined Boy Scout Troop 451 and has been active for six years, serving as patrol leader and librarian.
He was elected to the Order of the Arrow, an honor society within the Boy Scouts, and also earned the following religious awards: God and Country, God and Me, God and Family, and God and Church.
To achieve Scouting's highest rank, Ryan earned 27 merit badges, served as a leader of his troop and completed a community service project. His project took place at First United Methodist, where he participates in the senior high youth group, is a nursery attendant and serves as a youth mission team member. Ryan renovated the old library, which was in disrepair and was being used as a storage room. Scouts, friends and family dedicated 134 hours toward the completion of this project, clearing out the room, restoring damaged walls and bricks, painting, repairing carpet, installing carpet baseboards, removing bookshelves, removing plumbing, resurfacing the counter and installing a whiteboard and DVD/TV combination. The room is now being used regularly as a conference room for study groups, Sunday school and Methodist Men's meetings.
Ryan is an honor student at Pitman, where he is a member of the Marching Pride, wind ensemble and Future Business Leaders of America.