11 Scouts earn Ea­gle in one Maple­ton ward

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Hash

The Maple­ton 3rd Ward of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints awarded the rank of Ea­gle Scout to 11 young men on Satur­day, Dec. 13.

“Na­tion­ally, about 2 per­cent of el­i­gi­ble Scouts earn the Ea­gle Scout award,” said Derek Haynie of the Maple­ton 3rd Ward. “In our coun­cil, about 7 per­cent of the Scouts earn their Ea­gle. And in the Maple­ton 3rd Ward, 89 per­cent of our Scouts earn the Ea­gle Scout award.”

How does the ward achieve this suc­cess? “Each year, we set goals,” said Haynie. “We try to plan a big event based on how many boys are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the Ea­gle. That cre­ates a lot of ex­cite­ment and mo­men­tum.

“There’s a great sense of com­mu­nity in work­ing to­gether to­wards our goal - there’s just some­thing re­ally cool about ev­ery­one help­ing each other. This year, we had 11 el­i­gi­ble boys, and ev­ery sin­gle one of them earned the Ea­gle Scout award. For that to hap­pen, we had to work re­ally hard and hit on all cylin­ders. It’s al­ways a group ef­fort be­tween boys, par­ents and lead­ers.”

The young men who earned their Ea-

gle Scout award and their Ea­gle Scout projects are as fol­lows:

Ben Bladh, son of Dan and Amy Bladh: Cut, split and do­nated 10 cords of wood to Ben­nion Creek.

Daniel Blon­quist, son of Steve and Lisa Blon­quist: Cleared, beau­ti­fied and hauled away de­bris fron the lower sec­tion of Ben­nion Creek.

Caleb Brown, son of Steve and Becky Brown: Re­paired, re­fin­ished and re­painted the Wel­come to Ben­nion Creek sign.

Spencer Brown, son of Mike and Joann Brown: Con­structed drainage sys­tems for Ben­nion Creek sink ar­eas.

Christian Con­ners, son of Chris and Amy Con­ners: Strength­ened and ex­panded pond dike at Ben­nion Creek.

Ja­cob John­son, son of Stephanie John­son: Re­paired and re­stored shower stalls at Ben­nion Creek.

Sean John­son, son of Stephanie John­son: Pro­cured ma­te­ri­als for and made blan­kets that were do­nated to youth in area hos­pi­tals.

Tru­man Miller, son of Paul and LeAnn Miller: Cleared, beau­ti­fied and hauled away de­bris from the cen­ter sec­tion of Ben­nion Creek.

Daylen Ras­mussen, son of Blain and Mon­ica Ras­mussen: Cleared, beau­ti­fied and hauled away de­bris from the up­per sec­tion of Ben­nion Creek.

Thomas Shorts, son of Craig and Mon­ica Shorts: Con­structed and in­stalled a new dock bridge at Ben­nion Creek.

Spencer Young, son of John and Christy Young: De­signed, over­saw con­struc­tion of and in­stalled con­crete sink sur­rounds at Ben­nion Creek.

The Maple­ton 3rd Ward re­cently awarded the rank of Ea­gle Scout to 11 of its young men. They are, back row, from left: Thomas Shorts, Tru­man Miller, Daylen Ras­mussen, Christian Con­ners, Spencer Young and Ja­cob John­son. Front row, from left: Ben Bladh, Caleb Brown, Spencer Brown, Daniel Blon­quist and Sean John­son.

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