Scout candidate Dwight Rose seeks Eagle for Raven

Dwight Rose is the Eagle Scout candidate who put together the new sign introducing Fall City
Dwight Rose is the Eagle Scout candidate who put together the new sign introducing Fall City's Totem Garden.
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Raven may be the hero in the story of the Fall City totem pole, but Dwight Rose prefers an Eagle. The Fall City Scout recently finished an Eagle project for the Totem Garden, the construction and installation of a sign that marks one entry point into the garden dividing Southeast 42nd Street from State Route 202.

Rose, 16, knew that he wanted to do something for his own community for his Eagle project, because “I love the people here. I love this small town,” he said.

He also wanted something creative. “I was looking for something that I would get excited about,” he said.

What he didn’t know was what, exactly, the community could use, so he went to a Fall City Community Association meeting, where he met Totem Garden founder Vanessa Allen, who suggested a sign for the garden.

They created a design, which included the 45-foot namesake totem pole, and reflected the theme of the Welcome sign on the north side of the garden. Then he shopped around for someone to help him construct it.

Rose quickly found out that most sign manufacturers didn’t work on small projects like his, and was discouraged until he found what he needed, at his church. A fellow church member was a graphic designer, with the needed equipment and a willingness to help.

Scouts from his Troop 425 helped him with the painting and installation of the sign, which were done earlier this month. Rose hopes to receive his Eagle award for the project for the end of the year.

He’s also interested in Raven, though, and hopes the sign will bring new interest to the garden.

“This isn’t just a garden,” he says. “It has some memory and history.”


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