The prestigious Boy Scout Eagle Scout rank was bestowed upon 16-year-old Kevin Clinthorne of Troop 282 at a special Court of Honor on March 13. Clinthorne, a sophomore at Rockford High School, is the son of Mary and Jim Clinthorne of Rockford. He is the 18th Scout from Troop 282 to achieve this rank since 2002.
Clinthorne began his Scouting career in second grade with Cub Scout Pack 3282 at Roguewood Elementary School. He earned his Arrow of Light award, the highest Cub Scout award, as a Webelos Scout and has also earned the Parvuli Dei religious award. He has served his troop as a patrol leader and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout National Honor Society.
For his Eagle Scout project, Clinthorne constructed four handicap accessible picnic tables for the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford. The Center is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding training for mentally, physically and socially challenged individuals. Each summer hundreds of riders attend summer camps hosted by the Center and the tables will be used by the riders and their families. His project was funded by donations from Rockford Hardware, pop can collections and private donations.
In addition to Scouts, Clinthorne sings with the Rockford High School chorale and rows on the crew team. He enjoys building and flying radio control model airplanes. Following graduation, he hopes to receive an appointment to a U.S. military academy to pursue a degree in engineering and to train as a fighter pilot.