Keegan McDonald recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank available through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
A senior at Northview High School, he is the son of Fritz and Mary McDonald, Brazil, and Keegan has been involved in BSA for 10 years.
"I started in third-grade because all of my friends were in it," he said. "I've made a lot of friends and I've learned a lot of life skills."
Even with other time commitments like school, band and his involvement in his church, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Keegan stayed with Boy Scouts.
"The older scouts showed the younger scouts how to work as a team," Mary said. "But he had to learn how to an activity, but there was always someone there to encourage him."
Keegan is now one of the more than 2 million Boy Scouts who have earned the Eagle Scout rank.
To become an Eagle Scout, each member is required to progress through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and then Eagle. Eagle Scouts must also earn 21 merit badges, which include First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Camping, Family Life, Personal Management, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking or Swimming.
Among other activities, Keegan was required to plan, develop and be in charge of his service project, which involved cleaning up the nature trail at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and installing a sign and posts.
"He planned it all and he had to be in charge," Mary said. "He directed the troop and volunteers on where everything should be and how everything would be done. He was the boss."
When asked about difficulty of his Eagle Scout project compared to his school projects, Keegan was completely up front.
"It doesn't matter the type of homework or project I have for school," he said. "This was ten-times worse than any project. I have a lot of respect for my friends who have done this, and my friends that have helped me."
When finishing his project, Keegan still had one more requirement left, to be interviewed by the Eagle Scout board of review.
"It wasn't so bad," he said.
Keegan had until his 18th birthday, at the end of January, to complete all the necessary work.
Even with his new rank and attending college in the fall, Keegan has decided to stay involved in Boy Scouts. He's applied to be an Assistant Scout Master, while studying photography at Ivy Tech Community College.
Both Keegan and Mary look at Troop 95 as a family.
"It's a lot of work," Mary said.
"Every week, there were activities going on and everyone had to make time. He grew up with that responsibility and in a supporting environment."
"I know a lot of people think it isn't cool," Keegan added. "But I learned a lot and I'm now one in a very long list of people who have accomplished this."