11 Scouts earn Eagle in one Mapleton ward
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.