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Volunteer Noah Brown, who will be an Eastview senior, said the project was a “nice way to repay” the soldiers. Plus, “it fits [McKay’s] personality,” he said.
The point of the projects, which must be completed by age 18, is to develop leadership skills and help the community, said Paul Bergevin, scoutmaster of Garrett’s troop.
Projects should be completely organized by the scout and must not benefit the troop or the troop’s partner organization. They often take a good deal of time, said Bergevin.
“It’s a very big honor [to earn the Eagle Scout rank],” said McKay. “It’s a big part of my life to finish this.”
When Eagle Scouts complete all the requirements, which include earning 22 badges and holding a troop leadership role, they receive a letter from President Obama and recognition from their representative in Congress. A flag is flown in Washington, D.C., in their name, McKay said.
Nationally, just 4 percent of Cub Scouts end up becoming Eagle Scouts, Bergevin said, though rates are higher in his troop — nearly 20 percent.
In Troop 205, eight scouts are working on becoming Eagle Scouts. Projects range from building a bridge at a nature center to cleaning the lights, stage area and catwalk of the Apple Valley High School theater, Bergevin said.
Bergevin described McKay as a “quiet leader” who has been helpful in teaching younger scouts.
After earning the Eagle Scout rank, McKay said he will have learned a lot about leadership and the importance of kindness. “I’ll feel that I’ll have a lot of the skills necessary for life,” he said.
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