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Plainfield 5th grader becomes first Super Achiever

Walker's Grove 5th grader Hunter Kiger, with his certificate and special

Walker's Grove 5th grader Hunter Kiger, with his certificate and special

When Hunter Kiger joined Cub Scouts as a 1st grader, he said he wanted to earn “all the Scout patches there are.” He came pretty darn close. When he became a Webelos scout in 4th grade, he set a goal of doing something no one else in Pack 91 had ever done — earning all 20 Webelos Activity Badges.

He did it.

Hunter, a 5th grader at Walker’s Grove Elementary, achieved his goal, and became the first scout in Pack 91’s history to earn the status of Webelos Super Achiever — the recognition for earning all of the available Webelos Activity Badges.

It takes a minimum of eight Activity Badges to earn both the Webelos rank and the Arrow of Light — the highest award in Cub Scouting. Earning all 20 is a big task, as each badge has its own set of five to 13 specific requirements. The badges cover such topics and activities as physical fitness and health, swimming, knowledge of the outdoors, science, communication, geology, and citizenship – just to name a few.

Over the past four-and-a-half years, Hunter has been a very active Cub Scout, participating in camps, service projects, community clean-ups, field trips, Pinewood Derbies and Raingutter Regattas. He also maintained a perfect attendance record for all of his Den meetings and Pack nights throughout his scouting career.

“I’ve always wanted all the patches,” said Hunter. “When I started Webelos and learned there was a special patch just for the Super Achiever, I wanted that one too. It’s a cool patch.”

The patches are the visual recognition for everything a Cub Scout does, and represent a lot of learning at every level. Each rank’s requirements build on the ones before. For example, as a Tiger Cub in 1st grade, the scouts visit a fire station and practice a family fire drill. As Webelos scouts in 4th and 5th grade, they’re learning basic first aid.

Outside of scouting, Hunter maintains A’s in his classes, including accelerated math and language. His favorite subjects are math and science, and he loves to read.

Hunter’s achievements were recognized at Pack 91’s recent Blue & Gold Banquet, where he received that “cool patch” and a special certificate. The banquet also served as the graduation ceremony for Hunter and the other nine Webelos IIs. All 10 boys earned their Arrow of Light — the only Cub Scout award that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform — and all are continuing their scouting careers in area Boy Scout troops.

Cub Scouting is open to boys in 1st through 5th grade. To find the Packs serving the area, go to www.beascout.scouting.org.

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