Brady Daniels Kautsch, 17 of Bel Air, earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award, on Dec. 13, 2012 and was formally recognized in a ceremonial Court of Honor on March 17, at the Church of St. Mark - Monsignor McCall Center in Fallston.
A member of Troop 801, Kautsch is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Steve Martinek.
To earn scouting's highest award, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges -- some required, some elective -- and successfully coordinate and complete a community-related service project. Kautsch chose to lead a team of volunteers to build a permanent firepit and construct benches to promote fellowship at the Church of St. Mark in support of the congregation's Youth Ministry program. The project involved more than 60 volunteers and 300 hours of planning and execution.
He has served as Patrol Leader and Troop Instructor and earned numerous honors including the Philmont Arrowhead, Duty to God, Snorkeling and Recruiter badges as well as being certified in Wilderness First Aid. Kautsch joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, and cinematographer Steven Spielberg.
Kautsch is the 70th Eagle Scout in the history of Troop 801, which has been continuously chartered at St. Mark's since 1981.
Kautsch is a parishioner at the Church of St. Mark, and has been a varsity track and football athlete, and a member of both the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Fallston High School. In the fall of 2012 he was honored as the Fallston High School Varsity Football Outstanding Sportsman. Kautsch is a high school senior graduating in June 2013, and is in the process of deciding among many options where he will attend college in the fall.
He is the son of Tyson and Kathleen Kautsch of Bel Air.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun