The designation “Eagle Scout” was founded over one hundred years ago and only about 4% of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after earning a total of 21 merit badges, completing a service project (that benefits an organization other than Boy Scouts) and a lengthy review process.
For his service project, Malleck put together a veteran and first responder monument in Bonner Springs. He helped sand and paint the flagpole, plant flowerbeds and lay bricks with the names of veterans, first responders and donors around the monument.
“I was approached by the Bonner Springs Arts Alliance looking for a scout to help on a monument project,” Malleck said. “I heard the word ‘veteran,’ and I was already sold.”
Throughout the project, Malleck worked with City officials, businesses, volunteers, members of the Bonner Springs Arts Alliance and other scouts to coordinate and complete the project.
“It was a lot more work and way more meetings than I thought it was going to be, but I sure did learn a lot,” he said.
“I have learned more than I ever could have about leadership anywhere else at my age, and I’ve acquired great life skills, like communication and planning. I also get to keep the memories and friendships.”
When asked if he would do it all again, he says absolutely. “I have had some of the most unique and cool experiences thanks to scouting. I’ve got to travel across the country and see some of the most beautiful sights our country has to offer. I don’t know too many people that can say they have gotten to stay the night on an aircraft carrier or sleep 650 feet underground in a still active mine. Not many, but I have been fortunate enough to, thanks to scouts.”
Malleck plans to join the military after he graduates from Basehor-Linwood High School in 2019 and eventually go to college for pre-med.