Andy Chritton and Andy Ludewig of Anoka Boy Scout Troop 606 received the Eagle Award Saturday, May 5 at a ceremony at Anoka City Hall. Chritton and Ludewig were classmates at St. Stephen’s School in Anoka where they began their path to Eagle when they joined Pack 606 as Tiger Scouts in first grade. They progressed through Cub Scouts and Webelos to Boy Scouts. Over the years, they participated in weekend camping trips including Apple River and North Winds, as well as Spring and Fall Camporees. Summer camping trips included those to Many Point, Tomahawk and Medicine Mountain. In the summer of 2011, during their trip to Medicine Mountain, they were able to take part in performing the closing flag ceremony at Mount Rushmore. Both Chritton and Ludewig attended the Grey Wolf Leadership Program. Ludeweg in 2009. Chritton attended in 2010. At this program, they learned more and better ways to show and use leadership skills. Parents of the scouts are Dave and Evy Chritton, of Champlin and Greg and Jan Ludewig, of Andover.
For their Eagle Projects they each worked with their communities. Chritton. worked with the City of Champlin to identify storm sewers that drain to the Mississippi River. He and his crew stenciled "do not dump" statements on over 300 storm drains. Ludewig worked with the City of Andover to plant a series of shrub beds in a small park near Andover Station. With assistance from a city employee, he planned the placement of the shrubs and then led a group of Scouts, parents and siblings in planting and mulching the plant beds. The shrubs continue to enhance the area.
Chritton is a senior at Champlin Park High School where he has participated in a variety of activities including football, Animae Club, Dungeons and Dragons and Japanese Club. He would like to pursue a career in the area of graphic arts/design. At this time, his place of study has not been confirmed.
Ludewig is a senior at Anoka High School where he has been involved with concert band and orchestra, pit orchestra, musical theatre, marching band among other activities. His future plans are to study at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and to major in music education and mathematics.