Eight local scouts from Boy Scout Troop 466 of North Bend have earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout: Ashton Fender, Will Huestis, Joey Lane, Ethan Luxton, Maddox Malcolm, Joseph Nassar, Griffin Nicolino, and Zach White.
A special ceremony is being held in their honor, on June 16, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center in Snoqualmie, for family and friends to celebrate their accomplishments.
“The Eagle Rank represents years of commitment, service and outdoor adventure. We are very proud of these scouts and it’s been a pleasure to see their growth, as many have been scouting since the age of 6,” said Scout Master Berry Rogers in a press release.
Only about two percent of scouts attain the Eagle Rank of the Boy Scouts of the America. To achieve the final rank of Eagle, a scout advances through several levels of achievement, must complete at least 21 merit badges, pass a Board of Review, and organize a service project that benefits his community, school or church before the age of 18.
Ultimately, these scouts have backpacked hundreds of miles, camped in wilderness areas throughout the West, served in leadership roles, mentored younger scouts, and demonstrated good citizenship through community service.
The Eagle Service Projects from these eight scouts are benefitting our Snoqualmie Valley community in a variety of ways:
Ashton Fender created a community orchard on Park Street in Snoqualmie by the river, to provide others in our community access to healthy food.
Will Huestis designed and installed a sign for Snoqualmie United Methodist Church.
Joey Lane designed and built two large wooden picnic tables with wheelchair access for the Meadowbrook Interpretative Center, to add outdoor seating and places to picnic.
Ethan Luxton made an outdoor food pantry for the North Bend Food Bank, allowing for easy access to books and food for everyone.
Maddox Malcolm built and installed two benches at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, providing durable outdoor seating with a scenic view of Mount Si.
Joseph Nassar installed a pathway and observation deck at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center in Snoqualmie, leading to the honey bee farm.
Griffin Nicolino built a frisbee golf course at E.J. Roberts Park in North Bend.
Zach White installed two animal waste dispensary stations along the Meadowbrook Trail.