CHS graduate achieves Eagle Scout rank
Branden M. Bilheimer, of Catasauqua, received his Eagle Scout badge Oct. 27 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
He is the son of Christopher M. Bilheimer and Kimberly Smith. The recent Catasauqua High School graduate is attending Kutztown University, where he is majoring in secondary education and physics.
Bilheimer has been Scouting for almost 12 years. He got his start as a Cub Scout in Troop 94, Catasauqua, and worked his way up to Eagle Scout, an honor only 5 percent of Scouts achieve. Throughout his Scouting career, Bilheimer earned 33 merit badges. To achieve the Eagle Scout rank, a Scout must earn at least 21 badges.
Some of Bilheimer’s accomplishments include receiving the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce Award and the Principal’s Award for Outstanding School Services. He was part of Catasauqua Drama Club, SADD Club, Catasauqua Varsity C Club and the cross-country team.
Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America provides leadership and character development programs to nearly 11,000 youth with 4,000 adult volunteers. The council serves young people throughout the Pocono Mountains, anthracite region and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, along with western New Jersey. It serves six counties — Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne and Warren. The local Scouting heritage dates back more than 100 years when the council’s first Scout troops were established in the Allentown and Easton areas.