Boys Scouts of America

Tory Dahlhoff / WCBU

Last weekend at Singing Woods Nature Preserve on the northern edge of Peoria, the fall colors of the forest were rivaled only by the colorful array of badges on 18-year-old Celeste Saul’s Scout uniform.

“This is my rank, my Life rank, and then I’ve got my Totin’ Chip so I can use knives and axes and everything, and then my (Order of the Arrow) patch, because I am now a member of the OA,” said Saul.

She was one of a handful of Scouts resting under a pavilion after completing a morning of work along one of the forest preserve's winding, hilly trails.