We celebrated a milestone the other day when Ben earned the rank of Eagle Scout. We are very proud of him and the hard work he did to earn it; it was a long road.
His journey to Eagle began in 2nd grade, when he first joined Cub Scouts.
He's been a Scout faithfully all the years since then.
For a couple of years he belonged simultaneously to two troops because he joined a troop put together just to travel to the national Jamboree. I blogged about that trip here.
All through the Scouting years he's made some great friends, and they have grown up together.
And he's had the chance to get to know and be mentored by a whole cast of wonderful adult leaders.
Ben's Eagle project was a service project for a local elementary school. They wanted a particular addition to their playground with decorated tires and a bean bag toss.
Tires were collected and painted at my kitchen table...
There was also a good bit of paperwork.
It was difficult to get good photos of the project in progress as it was very shady under a large tree, but here you get an idea of the work Ben and his friends did to make it happen. I hope it will be enjoyed by the kids for years to come.