Lakeville teen is 2 millionth Eagle Scoutby Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio,
Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota teen received a big honor Wednesday morning when he was named the country's 2 millionth Eagle Scout.
Anthony Thomas, 16, of Lakeville, received the recognition in front of a packed audience at the Old Fort Snelling Cavalry Hall in St. Paul. About 150 people attended the recognition, including Thomas' mother, father and sister.
"Being an Eagle Scout is definitely a position that I'll remember throughout my life," Thomas told the audience. "Now that I hold the position as 2 millionth, I can use my skills and try to inspire younger scouts everywhere."
At the ceremony, Thomas also helped break ground on a multimillion-dollar project to transform historic Fort Snelling into a "Base Camp" -- a six-acre urban scouting camp that will feature rope courses, rock-climbing walls and an environmental learning center.
Thomas belongs to the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America. As the 2 millionth Eagle Scout, he will serve as a youth ambassador for scouting at national events, open trading at the New York Stock Exchange and attend the National Jamboree.
"I am very honored ... and will do all I can to serve and inspire young scouts and people in general," Thomas said.
In addition to many other requirements, an Eagle Scout must have organized and executed a community service project.
The 1 millionth Eagle Scout was named in 1982. The badge has been awarded since 1912.
Elizabeth Baier, based in Rochester, covers news in southeastern Minnesota for MPR News.