Steven Hutta, a member of Boy Scout Troop 555 in Jim Thorpe was honored recently with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting, and some older recipients even rank their Eagle Scout badge above their college degree.

Steven's Eagle Scout Project was to build a large structure called a "Flight Rehabilitation Pen" at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) located at Mauch Chunk Lake.

The long structure is used to rehabilitate birds after they have recovered from whatever injuries they may have suffered.

The flight pen is used to help the recovered birds regain their muscle mass for efficient flight so that they can be released back into the wild.

Over his years in scouting, Steven has earned 58 merit badges and anticipates more in the future.

With his father Mike and Scoutmaster Ray Attewell standing alongside, Steven's mother Monique pinned the Eagle Badge on his uniform.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley and Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko spoke at the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the program, fellow Scouts, Scoutleaders, family and friends gathered at Memorial Hall for a meal