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Matthew '19 becomes an Eagle Scout
Matthew '19 becomes an Eagle Scout
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In late February, Matthew Kopp '19 realized a goal he had been working toward for more than a decade when he was promoted to the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, that of Eagle Scout.


In late February, Matthew Kopp '19 realized a goal he had been working toward for more than a decade when he was promoted to the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, that of Eagle Scout.

"When I joined Cub Scouts in first grade, I was like, 'OK, what is the highest achievement I can get? Eagle Scout. OK, I'm going for it,'" Matthew (pictured above with his parents) said. "It honestly has been an honor — meeting so many new people, learning so much. I feel like being an Eagle Scout has made me that well-rounded man that I've been driving to be."

To become an Eagle Scout, Matthew had to progress from Cub Scouts to Webelos to Boy Scouts, and then show his well-roundedness by earning 21 of the 137 available Boy Scouts merit badges. These badges demonstrate mastery of a skill or quality and range in subject from cooking, camping and hiking to citizenship in the world, family life, and nuclear science.

In addition, all Eagle Scout candidates must complete an extensive service project. For his, Matthew planned, organized and led a food and supplies drive for a charity called Damascus Help, which provides assistance to in-need families in upper Montgomery County. Matthew collected more than 2,500 food items and supplies (such as laundry detergent, diapers, soap, shampoo and toothpaste) and multiple gift cards for the organization.

"That was so rewarding because you actually get to see the people that you're affecting and see that what you're doing is making a difference," Matthew said. "People think a lot of Eagle Scout projects are just building benches or tables... but that is not always true. Many Eagle projects are about helping others, wanting to make a difference in the community, and being a good leader — which is very important to scouting. Scouts do a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that helps people, and that just makes me feel great inside."

Scouts has been complementary to Matthew's experience at Landon. "Boy Scouts is about helping other people, being courteous, kind, trustworthy, obedient, loyal — and all of the other values from our Scouts law and motto," he said. "Landon has taught me the same things. I've been getting those morals reinforced from both sides every day. I hope to carry them with me on my life's journey."