Two Local Students Receive Eagle Scout Award

Lawler and Peterson

Two members of local Boy Scout Troop 337 have received the Eagle Scout Award, the highest achievement available in the Boy Scouting program. Sebastian Lawler, son of Steve Lawler and Joy Riggs, and Troy Peterson, son of Mike and Jenny Peterson, received their awards Dec. 21 in a Court of Honor ceremony at Severance Great Hall on the Carleton College campus.

Lawler and Peterson both graduated from Northfield High School in 2016. Lawler is a first-year student at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Peterson is a first-year student at St. Olaf College. They are the 46th and 47th members of Troop 337 to attain the Eagle Scout Award since the troop formed in 1968.

Only about six percent of boys nationally who are enrolled in Boy Scouts earn the honor of Eagle Scout. Requirements for attaining Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges and completing a service project before the age of 18.

Lawler’s project was to create a nature play area at Odd Fellows Park using boulders and logs. He thanked Ryan Clarey of Landscape Dreams, Cannon River Tree Care, and John Duba for providing materials and labor for the project.

Peterson’s project was to create and install “Little Free Libraries” in four city parks in different parts of town. They are the first Little Free Libraries to be located in Northfield parks. Peterson said TJ Heinricy, the city’s streets and parks supervisor, was especially helpful in making the project happen.

Troop 337 is based at Carleton and meets Monday evenings in the former carriage house behind Parish House. The troop welcomes new members, and previous Scouting experience is not required to join. The BoyScout program is open to boys ages 11-17; boys who are at least 10 years old and have finished the fifth grade; and boys who are at least 10 years old and have earned the Arrow of Light rank as a Cub Scout. For more information about joining Troop 337, contact Scoutmaster Charles Hayes at