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Raymond A. Hornung IV receives Eagle Scout award

Raymond A. Hornung IV

Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America announced Raymond A. Hornung IV was presented with scouting's highest honor on Feb. 11 at St. Patrick Church in Hudson.

The son of Ray and Liz Hornung, Hornung is a member of Troop 148, chartered by Knights of Columbus 1762 with Scoutmaster Ken Coenen.

In order to achieve the rank of Eagle, Hornung had to earn 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing and completing a community service project. For his project, he wrote a grant for, resourced and built a permanent gaga pit at Hudson Prairie Elementary school.

Gaga is a fast-paced sport played in an octagonal pit with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. The gaga pit is used at recess, during gym and afterschool giving children the opportunity to work off excess energy. The pit was built by Hornung and other scouts all of whom are alumni of Hudson Prairie Elementary. Supplies were donated by Arrow Building Supply in Hudson.

Hornung has been active with the scouts starting in first grade as a Tiger Scout and continuing into high school. He was selected and sent to Northern Star Council's Gray Wolf Program which is a nationally recognized youth leadership training. Hornung has since been back to Gray Wolf twice as an instructor.

Hornung has served in a variety of leadership positions within the troop. He has been a Patrol Leader, Den Chief, Troop Instructor, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. This has enabled him to help run the troop from the smallest unit to overseeing the entire troop.

In addition to the 21 Merit Badges earned for Eagle, Hornung has earned an additional 27 Merit Badges.