Dylan James Pilger, a member of Boy Scout Troop 281 of Dallas, attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting, on Oct. 19, 2011.
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dallas and a dinner at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estates, Dallas, to honor Pilger for his achievement. Dylan has become the 138th Eagle Scout of Troop 281.
For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Pilger refurbished the playground at the Trinity Presbyterian Church and Learning Center. He had to organize, plan and oversee the full project.
He also did a fundraiser selling first-aid kits to help with the cost of materials for his project. The playground was completely removed and rebuilt by adding new gravel ground cover, PVC piping for the framed area, 10 additional feet to give the children more playing area and rubber mulch for the final covering.
Pilger started Scouting in Pack 281 in Dallas as a Tiger Cub in 2001. As a Cub Scout, he earned his Protestant Award God and Me and God and Family. He has also earned his Boy Scout Protestant Award. In 2006, he bridged over into Boy Scout Troop 281 in Dallas, earning his Arrow of Light Award, the highest award in Cub Scouts.
As a Boy Scout, Pilger has held leadership positions in the troop as Den Chief with Pack 281, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. He has also been the Troop Representative of the Order of the Arrow for four years.
He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Lowwapaneu Lodge 191. He was also the Brotherhood Chairman for the Lodge and acquired numerous hours of community service, earning 65 merit badges.
Pilger has attended many summer camps at Camp Trexler, Resica Falls, Goose Pond, Bashore and Acahela. He has participated in the Memorial Day Parade, placement of flags at Chapel Lawn, fall and spring camporees, Vision, ringing the bell for Salvation Army, visits at the Meadow Nursing Home during the holidays and participated in Veteran's Day recognition at Misercordia University.
He has also enjoyed high adventures with Troop 281 which included hiking the Appalachian Trail, Loyalsock Trail, Hawk Mountain, backpacking Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, Mt. Katadin in Maine, whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River in Maine and the Penobscot River and the Rio Grande in Arizona.
He has also skied on Mt. Snow in Vermont, hiked and camped Gettsyburg, taken canoe trips, camped along the Susquehanna River and cave in Pennsylvania. His most recent trip was to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where he camped and backpacked and did a 50-mile hike to earn a special patch to wear with his uniform.
A senior at Dallas High School, Pilger plays baseball for the Dallas High School team and for the Back Mountain American Legion and plays ice hockey with the Back Mountain Blackhawks. He is a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dallas.
Pilger is the son of Robert and Charla Pilger, of Dallas. He is the randson of Betty Carney of Washington; Rita Bulford, of Harveys Lake; and the late Robert and Linda Pilger, of Dallas. He has a brother, Robert (BJ), of Georgia; a sister, Ashlee, of Florida; and a niece, Isabel, of Georgia.